A video posted yesterday by Kim Havell shows a large avalanche on Taylor Mountain near the Mail Cabin near the trailhead. Prior to slide, Kim observed ski tracks of people who had descended a few turns, cut across, and then down. The side occurred on the west side of Teton Pass in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Officials estimated the slide to be 96 inches deep at the crown.
It is believed that the slide was skier of snowboard triggered.
BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
Jared Smith added on Facebook, “I was with Kim and shot these stills that show the ski cut above today ‘s Taylor slide and tracks on lookers right. Search and Rescue flew the helicopter over the area shortly after (at great expense). Skiers living on the edge may have a right to do so but do not have the right to put others at risk below through their inconsiderate actions. This is a heavily used area with a history of similar behavior that resulted in an even bigger slide across the Coal Creek exit trail in 2012. There are plenty of more remote areas for people to use this type of “judgement” where their risk taking does not put other’s lives at risk. Be safe and respectful of those of us who plan to spend many more years safely traveling in our backcountry.”