I think the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center said it best,

“In these conditions expert snowpack stability skills may not suffice. The answer is smart terrain choices. Stick to green light terrain.”

When you have natural activity, remote triggers, whoomphing and positive propagation in snowpack test on over half the compass rose and 90% of your preferred terrain there’s only one solution…Ski lower angle slopes that don’t have overhead hazard to avalanche terrain.

Here are some of our observations from the day.



Snowpack Profile from Nov 25, 2018 9,600′- N Aspect – Above Horseshoe Canyon

Today upon arriving at the test site, the entire area whoomphed and collapsed. A clear indication of instability.  I found myself gathering observations and looking for an escape plan. I ended up skiing a ridge between two bowls to avoid avalanche terrain. I had to fight the urge and avoid skiing deep, untracked powder…this might be an advisable theme through the oncoming storms…keep abreast of the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center…and remember, if this turns into a persistent slab problem it will be just that…persistent…I hope you can be patient if that’s the case…