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Bridger Range Avalanche Conditions Considered High

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A skier caught in an avalanche on Wednesday night on Saddle Park in the Bridger Mountain range, only suffered miner injuries.

On Thursday, avalanche specialists increased the avalanche danger in the Bridgers to high.

The Bridgers received about seven to nine inches of snow overnight. Now, the Gallatin County avalanche center say the snow pack is extremely weak and unstable, making it more likely for avalanches to occur.

Avalanche specialist, Mark Staples said avalanche conditions are much higher this year than they were at this time last year.

"The layers of snow down near the ground were very strong, so we had a real strong foundation to our snow pack," said Staples. "Now, it's the exact opposite. The snow pack for our foundation is very weak, so it can't support the weight of much snow."

Staples expects avalanche conditions to remain high in the Bridgers, at least through the weekend.

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