THIS SNOWPACK SUMMARY EXPIRED ON December 7, 2017 @ 7:42 am
Snowpack Summary published on December 5, 2017 @ 7:42 am
Issued by Ben Bernall - Kootenai National Forest


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Snowpack Discussion

The Kootenai National Forest will begin posting avalanche advisories on December 15th if conditions permit.  Until then travel safely and remember that low snowpack depth does not mean that avalanche hazards are non-existant.  For more information please contact Ben Bernall at


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.