Avalanches still possible on Going-to-the-Sun Road

Posted at 5:17 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 19:17:43-04

WEST GLACIER – Even though winter is over, Glacier National Park officials are asking visitors to still be wary of dangerous avalanche conditions.

Park spokeswoman Lauren Alley noted late-season avalanches can happen at higher elevations such as along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

She said warm days and cool nights can make snowpack unstable, leading to slides when disturbed by people.

Going-to-the-Sun Road was partially re-opened last week, but vehicle traffic is still not allowed due to snow clearing efforts.

Alley advised hikers and bikers on Going-to-the-Sun Road to look for fresh snow piles on the road for evidence of a recent avalanche. If you see this, do not cross over the debris as more snow can slide.

The Park suggests using a buddy system and implementing a plan for getting help.

Finally, if you cannot avoid crossing an avalanche chute, move across one person at a time while the other acts as a lookout.

-Reported by Maren Siu/MTN News