By: randosteve|Posted on: February 5, 2009|Posted in: Avalanche Safety | 5 comments

Some of you locals might remember reading about this avalanche in the BTNF avalanche forecast on Lava Mountain on Togwotee Pass last week (Friday?). From the words the forecasters used, it sounded big and I really wanted to see it. Sure enough, yesterday…I received an email from a TetonAT visitor with some pictures of the slide and a brief description of the events surrounding it. I thought some of you might like to see them. –Steve

Look how small the snowmobile tracks look in comparison to the slide/crown.

Some neighbors from Iowa brought down the East Face of Lava while snowmobiling last week. About 1/8th of the fact slid. Vaughn is a very lucky man to ride out this avalanche. They said the boulders that came tumbling down were the size of a large school bus. They said the hill was  about a 45 degrees. They said the whole north side also looked ready to come down.  As you can see, there is a lot of snow left up on the edge ready to fall.

Debris the size of school buses.

He is one lucky person and did not make it to the top when he saw the slide coming at him. He got his sled turned around and got out of the way. He was the first up and the rest were just starting to climb up.  They left right away for higher country. The two Carlson guys are members of the Dubois Sno-Katers Club. -Fred

What do you think…10 foot crown? WOW!