Since its inception, The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center has made determinations about Grand Teton National Park snowpack with one arm tied behind their backs. That is, until yesterday.
In late summer, the Grand Teton National Park Foundation created a fundraiser to help cover the cost of a new monitoring stations within the park. They were hoping to raise $25,000 in the span of a month. In two weeks, the project was fully funded.
The first monitoring station will be located in the Cathedral Group of the main Teton group. Made largely of granite, the Cathedral Group is composed of the tallest and most dramatic peaks in the range including The Grand Teton. The mountain cluster sits about eight miles due north of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. That difference in geography also means snow conditions can vary dramatically from the resort to a peak like the Middle Teton on any given day.
When the station comes online the raw data will appear here, and there will be a webcam up and running by winter. For those of us who now ride a desk, it’ll be nice to keep an eye on through what hopes to be another big snow year in Jackson Hole.
Stay Safe out there, and as always – If you don’t know, Don’t Go!