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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.
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.
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