Schweitzer ski patrol is encouraging and offering weekly free "Transceiver Sundays" (clock tower at 10:00 a.m.) to all interested public with two permanent practice areas and one more difficult challenge that is on a less regular basis. All they ask is that the public covers up their tracks and if practicing digging techniques, please replace your divot. This is a great way to keep on your A game for those venturing out of bounds.
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To the north anywhere from 6 inches to a couple feet of snow have fallen in the last 24 hours. The southern selkirks seem to be the bigger picker upper with over 2 inches of water translating to potentially a couple feet. The Cabinets likely picked up over one foot of new snow and the Purcells seem to have gotten about 6-8 inches. All this new snow has the potential to slide since it fell with warmer temperatures and westerly winds. Travel in avalanche terrain on all aspects above 4,500 feet is not recommended today. Be alert for clues such as shooting cracks, natural avalanches, or hollow snow. Less snow has fallen to the south in the St. Regis Basin and the St. Joe Divide but the same conditions prevailed to set up an inverted pack with heavier snow overlying weaker snow.
Expect several inches of new snow today with falling temperatures and persistent westerly winds blowing about 10-15mph.
|0600 temperature:||25 deg. F.|
|Max. temperature in the last 24 hours:||30 deg. F.|
|Average wind direction during the last 24 hours:||W|
|Average wind speed during the last 24 hours:||15 mph|
|Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours:||30 mph|
|New snowfall in the last 24 hours:||12 average inches|
|Total snow depth:||inches|
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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