By: randosteve|Posted on: January 7, 2010|Posted in: Avalanche Safety, The Tetons, Weather, Wimpy's | 18 comments

Major avalanche activity on the Alright/Wimpys massif.

wimpys-avalancheIt was pretty crazy driving up to the park this morning and checking out all of the avalanche activity…especially on runs like Wimpys and Albright that get regular traffic. My guess is that most of these slides occurred yesterday, before noon. It didn’t look like anyone had been up in that area for a day or two (for obvious reason) so these slides are believed to be triggered naturally. Wild stuff…and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Wimpys slide like that before. Needless to say, I opted to ski elsewhere today, but still observed 2-3″ cracks in the snow that opened up between laps.

2-3 inch wide cracks opened up in the snow between laps today. Biggest I’ve ever seen!!

olive-oil-slidesIt’s a little spine tingling seeing these avalanches, because this is an area where I go quite often to ski powder. Add in the fact that the slide on Wimpys pulled out all the way to the ridge and through the trees to the skiers left, and in an area where one would think would be a safe zone. In addition, it looked as though there was some solid avalanche activity on Olive Oil as well. Also spine tingling, because I was up there a couple days ago on the front end of this latest storm.