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MOOSE, WY- Backcountry recreationists are encouraged to visit the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center website to make better-informed decisions about winter backcountry activities in Grand Teton National Park. The avalanche center website includes a new weekly discussion that highlights backcountry conditions in the park.

With the support of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, a National Park Service snow ranger is assessing the snowpack in the park and making professional-level observations throughout the park. This information is being shared weekly on the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center’s website and complements the weekly summary for the forecast region.  The collection of summaries will be a source for historical reference and will help mountain travelers create a general idea of the snowpack in the park’s complex terrain.

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The snow ranger assists the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center with daily forecasts, maintains weather stations, educates backcountry users and collects snowpack observations, as well as assists National Park Service rangers with backcountry patrols.

The Grand Teton National Park Foundation also supports two winter weather stations located in the Surprise Lake area of Grand Teton National Park. Data from the sensors on these stations support the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center’s daily forecast. This data is located with the weather station information on the avalanche center’s website and listed as Surprise Pinnacle and Surprise Meadow.

The strong interagency relationship between the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park, as well as the support of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, has enhanced the capabilities of the forecast center, with the ultimate goal of providing the best possible data for skiers and riders to make informed and safe backcountry travel decisions.

Visit the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center web site at www.jhavalanche.org for the most up-to-date information regarding backcountry and avalanche conditions in Grand Teton National Park and throughout the Teton Range.

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