February 11, 2017 Rockin’ M Ranch Snow Report

February 11, 2017 Alpine, Wyoming Snow Report Rockin’ M
The weather in this region for the last 5 days has be HELLACIOUS!! A series of storms started rolling in last Sunday. Tuesday night a 90 mile per hour wind storm came through and blew over 10 plus steel power poles at Jackson Hole resort. They are still not open partly because Teton Pass and the Snake River Canyon were closed due to avalanches until yesterday. One of our local riders life was taken by an avalanche on Thursday. After a week of a ton of moisture and temps in the thirties, the temps finally dropped last night leaving us with a nice layer of snow above 6500 feet. Jackson Hole resort is reporting 21″ in the last 48 hours and Targhee is reporting 7″ in the last twenty four. Blind Bull is at 103″ and 206% of the 30 year average. Willow creek 90″ and Spring Creek 104″. The Snake river drainage average of all snotel sites is 160%. The sun finally came out an hour ago and is supposed to stay out the rest of the week and the high temps are predicted to be in the high 20’s the rest of the week. The avalanche advisory was dropped from extreme to high. This stability of the snow should improve every day now that the temperatures are below freezing and more seasonal. And no, the few warm days we had, did not melt the Valley Snow. There is still 3-4 feet in the flats. Here is the current Bridger Teton avalanche advisory for the Wyoming and Salt River range.
VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS EXIST, AND TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMENDED. A very large cycle of avalanche activity has occurred of the past several days. Two avalanche problems will confront backcountry travelers today. First, skiers and riders are very likely to trigger large to very large, recently developed wind slabs above 7,500 feet, and naturally activity remains likely. Second, wet slabs will be possible below 9,000 feet