THIS AVALANCHE ADVISORY EXPIRED ON April 15, 2017 @ 7:59 am
Avalanche Advisory published on April 14, 2017 @ 7:59 am
Issued by Jeff Thompson - Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center

Selkirks/Cabinets
St. Regis Basin/Silver Valley

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 This will be the last advisory of the season. Check out our Facebook site later this afternoon for some spring snow tips! Thanks for following us this season and look forward to bringing you all more avalanche information next winter. Have a good summer!

How to read the advisory


  • Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.

Selkirks/Cabinets
St. Regis Basin/Silver Valley

How to read the advisory

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 This will be the last advisory of the season. Check out our Facebook site later this afternoon for some spring snow tips! Thanks for following us this season and look forward to bringing you all more avalanche information next winter. Have a good summer!

  • Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.
Avalanche Problem 1: Loose Wet
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The new snow we received earlier in the week is now saturated from rain. The 5-6'' of saturated snow on the surface is sitting on a firm crust, and easily sliding off of that crust. It's a slope angle game right now: If a slope is steep enough to slide (<30 degrees), be aware of small loose / wet slides. Even though the slides may be small, they can be big and heavy enough to cause some trouble.

Disclaimer

Avalanche conditions change for better or worse continually. Backcountry travelers should be prepared to assess current conditions for themselves, plan their routes of travel accordingly, and never travel alone. Backcountry travelers can reduce their exposure to avalanche hazards by utilizing timbered trails and ridge routes and by avoiding open and exposed terrain with slope angles of 30 degrees or more. Backcountry travelers should carry the necessary avalanche rescue equipment such as a shovel, avalanche probe or probe ski poles, a rescue beacon and a well-equipped first aid kit.  For a recorded version of the Avalanche Advisory call (208)765-7323.