Jackson resort wants avalanche devices

Jackson resort wants avalanche devices

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort wants to install radio-activated devices to trigger controlled avalanches, saying it would be safer than sending workers to the site.

Two devices that direct a propane explosion through a steel conduit would be installed above the resort’s Bridger Restaurants building. Officials sometimes trigger avalanches there to keep the snow from building up and causing bigger avalanches.

Currently, Ski Patrol members place explosive charges and then stand in a protected area as they detonate. Officials say installing the devices would let them trigger avalanches from a safer distance.

Because the site is on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Forest Service officials must approve the plan. They’re accepting comments until July 6.