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Large Early Season Avalanche Hits Sun Valley; Slide Area Was Closed

Sun Valley avalanche (James Catchpole/Facebook)

“It was a big slide, it was pretty impressive,” Sun Valley, Idaho’s ski safety director Rich Bingham told Boise TV station KBOI. “Slides that big don’t happen often here.” The slide occurred over the past weekend in Lookout Bowl.


Ski Patrol crews are continuing to work on explosive testing to check stability in the area and to reduce any hazards. They also will be monitoring activity in adjacent bowls on the north side, including Easter Bowl, Mayday, and the Upper Bowl area.


The area where the slide occurred was not yet open to the public. Sun Valley received about 37 inches of fresh snow in the previous three days, which the TV report notes, equates to about 3.83 inches of water precipitation in the snow.


Photo: Sun Valley slide (James Catchpole/Facebook)

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