January through March, 2012

There was a slow start to the ski season this year, followed by big March snow storms that brought the snow pack to near normal. The wet snow on top of relatively thin Winter cover created dangerous avalanche conditions. On March 27, regular control procedures and spontaneous slides combined to unleash several large avalanches into the Bridger Bowl ski area. The avalanches just missed two lifts, ripped up many trees and scoured several runs to the ground. This picture (courtesy Bridger Bowl) shows how one avalanche missed the unloading station just above and right of center then continued down one of the popular black diamond runs. No-one was hurt in the avalanches, but skiing was curtailed for the remainder of the season. This article contains an analysis of the avalanche situation.