WEST GLACIER – With 1 to 2 feet of new snow predicted above 6,500 feet in the next couple of days – even as snowplow crews work overtime tackling an 80-foot drift near 6,646-foot Logan Pass – Glacier National Park officials say they can’t yet say when Going-to-the-Sun Road will fully open.
Slide triggers questions: Butte lacks avalanche center, but experts say it’s up to skiers to stay safe
BUTTE — The weekend rescue operation for four skiers on Red Mountain is raising new questions about avalanche safety in the Butte area, a region that lacks a specific agency to turn to for avalanche danger ratings.
JACKSON, Wyo. — When John Griber heard the roaring sound of an avalanche at around 6:30 a.m. April 18, he wasn't too concerned.
MISSOULA — “It’s a funny little street, this part of Harrison.”
BUTTE — An Anaconda man died after being caught in a backcountry avalanche.
The corner of Van Buren and Holly streets was a scene of devastation as first responders, neighbors and volunteers showed up to aid in the search. The avalanche appeared to come down a ravine on Mount Jumbo.
MISSOULA — This year, flowers and shrubs will grow along the boulevard on part of Van Buren Street, a major gateway to the Rattlesnake Valley.
MISSOULA — No criminal charges will be filed against anyone connected with triggering a fatal avalanche off the west face of Mount Jumbo on Feb. 28.
MISSOULA — Missoula police are recommending against filing any charges against the snow enthusiasts who caused Mount Jumbo’s avalanche in February — burying three people and resulting in the death of one woman, Missoula City Attorney Jim Nugent said Thursday.
A bouquet of flowers sits at the site in memory of Michel Colville, who died from injuries suffered in the avalanche.
Steve Karkanen, director of the West Central Montana Avalanche Center, assesses further avalanche danger on Mount Jumbo in the days after the fatal slide in the Rattlesnake neighborhood.
MISSOULA — The West Central Montana Avalanche Center has hung up its shovels for the 2013-14 season, but its advocates are already searching for future help after a budget-stretching year.
There’s a Canadian field guide written for travel in avalanche terrain that doesn’t mess around when it describes what’s known as deep slab instability — when an unstable layer of snow is buried deep in the snowpack.
This human-triggered slide occurred near Daisy Pass north of Cooke City on March 15. The slide was triggered by a snowmobiler who climbed the slope, turned and was on his way down. He deployed his flotation device and was shot out the toe of the debris with his sled.
The circle shows location of a snow pit used to check conditions on a south-facing slope in the northern Bridger Mountains. Because the stability tests were inconclusive on a layer of depth hoar found 1 foot off the ground, the skiers chose to avoid the slope.
MISSOULA — Peter Maxwell of Missoula was doing what avalanche experts advise backcountry recreationists to do – gather as much information as possible about the snowpack before committing to an activity – when he triggered the avalanche northeast of Philipsburg that killed him last week.
The mountains around Cooke City were lethal last week.
The debris field from this fatal avalanche was roughly 900 feet by 400 feet, about 8 acres. This photo shows about one-third of the debris.
The snowmobiler was recovered here near the toe of the debris. Crown Butte mountain is in the background. The rider was not wearing a beacon and was found with a probe strike more than an hour after being buried.
The locations of the three riders when the avalanche released are shown by the red Xs. Dashed lines with arrows show the direction of travel and the escape route used by the two riders who were climbing when the avalanche occurred. The victim, Zach Junkermeier, was stopped and unable to escape.