Twin Slides avalanche

This is the jeep caught in Thursday’s avalanche on Teton Pass. The driver was able to climb out and was treated for minor injuries. Investigators say they don’t have enough evidence to prove what caused the slide. Meanwhile, Teton Pass Ambassador Jay Pistono and others believe snow sheds could protect commuters from avalanches on the pass.

No skiers will be criminally prosecuted in connection with Thursday’s massive avalanche on Teton Pass, officials said.

Despite initial suspicion that skiers may have been responsible for the large slide that hit a vehicle and closed Highway 22 to thousands of commuters, investigators are no longer sure.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066, or @JHNGcourts.

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(5) comments

sean henry

i've always thought wydot's narrow views for solutions were part of the problem

Shane Rothman

Good quotes from Bjornsen. And I'd like to add that trucks should pay a toll to help fund Teton Pass infrastructure in the future.

brian harder

WYDOT talks like they'd have to reinvent the wheel here. There are hundreds if not thousands of similar structures all across the Alps and the Dolomites. This is a well-tested management tool. The design and load considerations are in place.

Chad guenter

I-90 in Washington state near Snoqualmie Pass has multiple snow sheds. It's not rocket science.

Build them!

steve stenger

The reason the state doesn't have cash for Snow Sheds is that they prefer to give it to wealthy 2nd and 3rd homeowners, and Corporations who don't have to use The Pass on a regular basis like commuting workers and skiers who can't afford a Pass at JHMR do. The cash is there, it's just being hoarded by power and putting locals lives and livelihoods at risk.

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