By Jim Stanford on January 4, 2012
Despite repeated warnings of high danger, as soon as skies cleared last weekend skiers and snowboarders jumped into avalanche terrain.
On Saturday, New Year’s Eve, I watched a pack of brightly clad snowboarders drop into the gut of Glory Bowl. One of them reportedly was caught in a slide and carried over the cliff band on the south side of the bowl, but was unhurt.
This avalanche occurred Monday on Cody Peak, just outside the south boundary of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. A snowboarder triggered the slide after at least one other rider had been down the steep slope, called Pucker Face.
I once watched a cornice break and start an avalanche on Pucker Face years ago, back when ski patrol opened the boundary only when avalanche danger was low. With a shallow, weak base, these kind of deep slabs can release after many people have tracked the slope.
Along with this photo of a skin track between two slides (triggered remotely), the footage begs the question: Is the run really worth it?
The answer, for many of us who live to ski another day, is no. Not this year.