Goat triggers wind slab avalanche

Published: Feb. 27, 2017 at 1:33 PM MST
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The Sawtooth Avalanche Center issued a moderate avalanche warming and a climber took a photo of a mountain goat that triggered a wind slab avalanche Sunday.

The avalanche center said the slide occurred at about 8,800 feet in the Sawtooth Mountains.

Moderate winds built fresh and sensitive slabs in exposed terrain, according to the SAC website. These slabs can be found in the upper and middle elevations, but may also exist in lower elevations.

The center said these slabs can be found in “predictable” locations like near ridges and caution trekkers to anticipate where wind slabs may exist and to be on the lookout for unstable snow.

For more information, visit the Sawtooth Avalanche Center’s”>website