THIS SNOWPACK SUMMARY EXPIRED ON December 2, 2017 @ 6:54 am
Snowpack Summary published on November 30, 2017 @ 6:54 am
Issued by Ben Bernall - Kootenai National Forest


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Due to current snowpack conditions the Kootenai National Forest will begin posting advisories begining December 15th, 2017.  This will of course be snowpack dependent.  Until then continue to keep an eye on the weather and pre-existing snow conditions as this will form the begining of our season history and the potential weaknesses to come. 

For further info 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.