Here's what this morning's Jackson Hole avalanche report said:
GENERAL AVALANCHE ADVISORY
At 3 PM yesterday a group of skiers remotely triggered a large slab avalanche on the Mini Hoback that took out trees and ran full path. Reports of large avalanches that released naturally are being submitted to the Center as clearing skies afford views of the backcountry. By definition the general avalanche hazard is considerable today because natural avalanche activity is possible and human triggered avalanches are likely. In reality most fatal avalanches accidents occur during periods of considerable or moderate hazard. The combination of warming temperatures, enticing sunny skies and large unstable slabs is a recipe for an accident. Expert knowledge must be paired with restraint and conservative terrain choices for safe travel in avalanche terrain today.
For those of you who aren't familiar, the Mini Hobacks are two ridge-fronts located just to the south (left looking up at the mountains) from the South Hoback ski run inside the JH resort. Both Mini Hobacks are fairly easily accessible from the JH backcountry gates and get skied regularly. They have more or less the same elevation, aspect, and pitch of North and South Hoback inside the ski resort. I couldn't tell you how many times I've skied one or the other of these Mini Hobacks over the years.
So here's a photo of that Mini Hoback and the avalanche. You'll also note a very large natural avalanche on the open slope above the Mini Hoback. That's an area called the Martini Chutes on the southeast face of Rendezvous Peak. I've outlined both avalanches with orange lines:
South Hoback would be about a mile give-or-take from the right edge of this photo.
We're not the only area around the West where these conditions prevail. Everybody be safe out there.