I know you're ready for snow and IPAC is too. We're just waiting for enough snow to fall to begin issuing regular advisories. Just an inch or two fell in the mountains last night. Only a foot or two of snowpack exists above 5,000 feet. You'll find the greatest snow depth on north and east aspects. Snow is forecast for this week in small amounts each day. The interesting thing about our pack right now is that it has been on the ground getting faceted and rotten since mid October. The snowfall we got last night and from here on out will be loading up on this weak base layer. We will be watching this layer closely as it gets loaded. We will begin issuing two advisories per week right here, Tuesdays and Fridays. Check out our facebook page too.
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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