Spike in avalanches seen as result of recent snowfall

Posted at 3:53 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 18:33:53-05

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Sunday was the tenth day in a row with reports of natural or human-triggered avalanches in Montana.

More than sixteen natural and human-triggered slides were reported on Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday, January 25, a skier was killed in an avalanche in the Tobacco Root Mountains.

It doesn’t take much new snow and some wind to make slopes unstable.

“As you can see, this is why you need to be heads up. Even if you aren’t seeing signs of instability, you have to stay off of steep slopes for at least a little while longer and give the snowpack some time to heal,” said Ian Hoyer with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

Many slopes that are often seen as safe can be deadly.

Reporting by Emma Hamilton for MTN News