Snowpack Summary published on November 30, 2015 @ 12:51 pm
Issued by Ben Bernall - Kootenai National Forest
Snowpack Discussion


Due to changes in current funding levels and personnel changes the Kootenai National Forest (KNF) will be making some changes as to how avalanche conditions are reported on the Flathead Avalanche Center (FAC) website. The FAC hosts the KNF avalanche and snowpack information on their website ( For the winter of 2015-2016 the KNF will be posting a weekly snowpack summary on Thursday afternoons via the FAC website beginning December 24th.  We will no longer be posting an “advisory” with an associated avalanche hazard rating.  Since we are fiscally unable to provide daily coverage, we will be providing the weekly snowpack summary and increasing opportunities for avalanche education in the communities that reside within the Kootenai National Forest.

For questions regarding these changes or suggestions please contact Ben Bernall at the Three Rivers Ranger District. (

Upcoming Avalanche Training in the Kootenai National Forest area:

AIARE Level 1 Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain. Contact:

Introduction to Avalanches- January 22-23, 2016. Contact: Terry Crooks 406.293.1816

Introduction to Avalanches for Snowmobilers- February 12-13, 2016. Contact: Ben Bernall 406.291.4670



This advisory applies only to backcountry areas outside established ski area boundaries. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This advisory expires midnight on the posted day unless otherwise noted. The information in this advisory is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.