With temps on the rise and Spring in the air people are likely to start forgetting about the huge avalanche danger that is still lurking out there. This slide occurred inside the boundaries of Bridger Bowl after some control work from ski patrol. This terrain had been open to the public the previous day and the new snow that fell overnight loaded the wet under-layers enough to cause a massive slide that went almost to the dirt.
If you listen to the explanation of the conditions from the patroller it sounds very similar to our current setup. No freeze overnight combined with new snow and a very deep very rotten facet layer is a recipe for some very large and dangerous avalanches. Please play it safe the next few days and urge your friends to do the same. I skied a Scotty’s Bowl yesterday that had a very strange feel to it. I was extremely happy to make it to the White Pine parking lot without any incidents.
Check the Avalance Forecast and remember that moderate means you have a moderate chance of dying due to the size of the slides that will be occurring with our current snowpack. Be Careful! If you don’t know your stuff cold then don’t go at all….