Avalanche Center Reports Moderate Slide Risks

Snowboarder -- Courtesy of Antelope Butte Foundation
Snowboarder -- Courtesy of Antelope Butte Foundation

Backcountry users in northwestern Wyoming and eastern Idaho are being warned to be careful following two avalanche deaths.

On Friday, the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center rated the avalanche danger as moderate above 7,500 feet. Officials from the center say clear skies and warm temperatures could lead to some afternoon slides in sunny areas. The update's coming in from The Associated Press.

As reported earlier, a 29-year-old Jackson snowboarder was buried in a slide on Thursday, about a half-mile outside the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. In Idaho, a 39-year-old snowmobiler also died when a slope he was climbing broke loose in the Upper Palisade Lake drainage.

The Jackson Hole Daily newspaper reported that snowboarder Michael Kazanjy was buried under 4 to 6 feet of snow. The ski resort allows skiers and snowboarders access to the backcountry beyond its gates, but signs are posted, warning of the risks.

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