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As spring starts, avalanche experts ask people in the backcountry to be wary of avalanches still

Bridger Teton Avalanche Center

In the past two weeks, two avalanche deaths have occurred in Wyoming. Although this has been a less deadly avalanche season than last, avalanche experts say there is currently unstable snow.

Bridger Teton Avalanche Director Frank Carus said this year's season has been marked by several periods of drought and less snow than previous years.

"We've had spells of up to a month with no snow, which tends to make the existing snow on the ground weaker," said Carus. "Then subsequent snow fall lands on top of that snow and aren't well supported…avalanches [are a] result."

Carus said despite warming temperatures, there still can be heavy mountain snowfall in the mountains

"It may not be snowing at all in town, and it could be snowing an inch an hour, at 9000 feet or above," he said. "So, really important for people to prepare for anything as they go out."

He said people going out into the mountains should still have beacons, shovels and probes.

Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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