There was a slow start to the ski season this year,
followed by big March snow storms that brought the snow pack to near
The wet snow on top of relatively thin Winter cover created dangerous
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.
(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
No-one was hurt in the avalanches,
but skiing was
curtailed for the remainder of the season.
contains an analysis of the avalanche situation.