Heads up if you’re planning on skiing in Grand Teton National Park as the NPS is implementing a temporary area closure for human and wildlife safety. Local News 8 reports grizzly bear just woke up from hibernation and the east-facing slope below the skier summit and 25 Short  are now closed.  Direct access across the summit ridgeline to Turkey Chute, Chute the Moon and other routes to Avalanche Canyon is open.  Bears will be waking up hungry and they’ve been know to shop in the frozen food section of avalanche paths where winter-killed carcasses make for easy pickings. Going forward, backcountry skiers should be alert, aware of the surrounding area, and carry bear spray (MORE INFO HERE).

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