Early season conditions are the name of the game right now. The biggest safety concern is the risk of nailing a rock or stump and ruining the rest of your season No one enjoys saving up for new gear, or worse-healing from an injury! So, be patient for now. Our current snowpack situation is thin and well anchored to the ground vegetation. The likelihood of getting into an avalanche is pretty low. Now is the time to start paying attention to the weak layers that are forming at the base of the snowpack. The current weather pattern of clear and cold conditions will likely lead to the development of surface hoar and sugary snow below our first crust layer. When the weather changes and we recieve more snow expect the avalanche hazard to increase.
Last but not least, take the time to check out the course offerings from IPAC this winter! Classes are filling up fast!
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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