Avalanche Hits Sun Valley’s Bald Mountain in Idaho Monday Morning

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 4, 2012 12:31 pm

Baldy Mountain Avalanche

The Sun Valley Ski Patrol reported an avalanche Monday morning.

The avalanche occurred on Lookout Bowl and slid down the length of the mountain. The Ski Patrol noticed the slide and reported it Monday morning. There is no way of knowing exactly what time the avalanche took place, according to Jack Sibbach, Marketing and Public Relations Director for the Sun Valley Company.

Sibbach said a pile of snow from the avalanche had gathered at the base of the Seattle Ridge lift. Luckily, there was no damage to the lift.

Lookout Bowl was not open at the time of the avalanche and is currently still closed.

No injuries were reported in the naturally occurring slide.

Sibbach said the resort has received 35 inches of NEW snow since Friday. Winds were high and visibility was low on Sunday. In fact, the resort had to close a few lifts Sunday due to the high winds.

The Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center is reporting considerable avalanche danger in the Sawtooths, along with the North, Central and South Wood River Valley.

Scott Savage with the avalanche center says two factors are contributing to the avalanche danger.

The first factor is a layer of wind-affected snow, called a “slab” that built up during last weekend’s storm.

The second factor is made of two weakened layers in the snowpack buried deep beneath much of the snow in higher elevations.

The most recent report says that both avalanche concerns can be triggered either by people, or natural weather factors like wind, rain and temperature, and may result in medium sized avalanches.

Take proper precautions if you’re planning on heading out to any of these mountain areas and be sure to follow updates from the avalanche center!

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