Avalanche on Gardner Headwall along Beartooth Pass. Credit: L. Durkin via Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

WYOMING – Here’s a reminder that snow conditions aren’t automatically avalanche safe just because it’s spring. According to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC), this human triggered avalanche partially caught one rider around 3pm on Saturday, June 1st, on the Gardner Headwall on Beartooth Pass. The person was able to ride right out, leaving no reported injuries.

Friends of GNFAC reminds the public to always stay alert for avalanche conditions while on snow, whether you’re skiing, riding, hiking, or generally recreating. Slab avalanches are still possible, especially in places where snow drift has created denser slab conditions. Of course, with warmer weather and sunshine, wet slides are always possible as well.

If you’re ever heading into the backcountry, make sure you have proper training and a proper understanding of avalanches and the conditions.

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