JUST IN: Pass Reopening Pushed to Sunday For Now

By on February 11, 2017

Sunset at the top of Glory Bowl many moons ago. (Photo: Robyn Vincent)

JACKSON HOLE, WY — At least some glints of sun are shining down on road crews who continue to work on opening Teton Pass today. Though it was scheduled to reopen this morning, the pass’s reopening has been delayed until Sunday.

The delay is due to massive amounts of snow that slid off Glory Bowl and Twin Slides. Wyoming Department of Transportation crews have been working to clear the highway and are hoping to open WY22 between the Idaho state line and Jackson sooner if possible. The pass has been closed since early Tuesday.

Meanwhile, crews have been battling to keep Hoback and Snake River canyons open in the face of avalanche danger.

From WYDOT: After opening the gates at about noon on Friday, crews had to close Hoback Canyon again at 2:40 p.m. because of an avalanche at milepost 152. The avalanche measured about 8 feet tall across both travel lanes.

WYDOT reopened Hoback Canyon (US 189-191), south of Jackson and southeast of Hoback Junction, after 5 p.m. Friday.

Snake River Canyon (US 26-89), west of Hoback Junction, reopened at 10 a.m. Friday.

To help crews respond quickly and effectively, WYDOT officials say they have mobilized extra equipment and workers to assist in clearing Teton Pass, and for both canyons in case there are additional avalanches.

WYDOT officials are asking motorists to slow down while driving in wintry or slick conditions and to be cautious of roadside workers.

Resort Beta

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Village and surrounding areas may have power restored by late Saturday thanks to a large-scale, sleepless effort from Lower Valley Energy crews and the 25 workers from five other utilities assisting them. At this time JHMR—closed since Wednesday because of the power outage—is still planning to reopen Monday.

In town, Snow King surprised skiers when they triggered an avalanche off Belly Roll yesterday around 2 p.m. after two days of rain hit the Town Hill. The slide took the skiers for a ride but did not bury them. The King is open today.

Bridger Teton Avalanche Center reports avalanche danger is considerable at all elevations throughout the day today.

 

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About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine and former editor of Planet Jackson Hole. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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