Use this page to view archived advisories. The table below shows the overall danger rating and the bottom line for the 20 most recent advisories. Click on the time and date link above each danger rating icon to view the full advisory for that day. Use the date chooser or the pager at the bottom to scroll through the older advisories.

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Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-31
March 31, 2018 at 7:07

The Avalanche Hazard is generally Low today.  The potential for small loose/wet avalanches and failing cornices will increase as temperatures warm later in the day.  Steep, rocky slopes on the southern half of the compass will have the highest potential for wet slides.  Small, isolated wind slabs may also be found near ridgetops in east and north facing terrain.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-30
March 30, 2018 at 6:47

The Avalanche Hazard is Low today.  The potential for small loose/wet avalanches and failing cornices will increase later in the day as temperatures warm.  Steep, rocky slopes on the southern half of the compass will have the highest potential for wet slides.  Indicators of increasing instability include: roller balls and cinnamon rolls or a change from a supportable crust to  an unsupportable one.  If you notice these signs, it is time to move to a cooler slope.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-25
March 25, 2018 at 6:38

The avalanche hazard is LOW today.  2 days of cooling temperatures have made for a generally stable snowpack.  Small loose/wet avalanches are possible IF the sun makes an appearance over the next couple of days but these will be confined to steep, rocky areas that are getting direct sun affect.  Shallow wind slabs may still be found on northerly aspects.  Remember, LOW hazard does not mean no hazard, keep your eyes open for variable conditions.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-24
March 24, 2018 at 6:58

The Avalanche Hazard is MODERATE today throughout the West Central Mountains.  Cooling temperatures following Thursday's rainy warmup have started to stabilize and refreeze the snowpack. The upper elevations have already seen a significant refreeze while middle and lower elevation slopes are still in the process of a solid refreeze.  Shallow, stiff wind slabs may be encountered on upper elevation, wind exposed terrain.  

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-23
March 23, 2018 at 7:16

Loose/wet avalanches are possible on all slopes steep enough to slide today.  The Avalanche Hazard is Considerable. Over the last 48 hours snow and rain fell at all but the highest elevations, adding weight to the snowpack and significantly reducing stability.  Natural wet avalanches were occurring on multiple aspects yesterday especially where a stout melt freeze crust was present 10-12 inches down.  Play it safe and avoid steep slopes until a solid refreeze has occurred. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-18
March 18, 2018 at 6:53

Over a foot of new snow combined with winds have created Considerable avalanche hazard. Wind and storm slabs are not bonding well, but resting on slick crusts. Lingering persistent weak layers are buried 2 to 4 feet below the surface, and are mixed into layers of crusts, graupel, and facets.  Natural avalanches are possible, and Human triggered avalanches are likely today. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-17
March 17, 2018 at 6:15

Considerable avalanche hazard exists due to recently formed storm slabs that are not bonding well, but resting on slick crusts. Lingering persistent weak layers are buried 1 to 3 feet below the surface mixed into layers of crusts, graupel, and facets. Added snow load today will increase the possibility of Natural avalanches, and make Human triggered avalanches likely. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-16
March 16, 2018 at 7:00

Spring is arriving in the valleys, but it’s still winter in the mountains. A moderate avalanche hazard exists due to recently formed storm slabs and strengthening, but still lingering persistent weak layers that are buried 1 to 3 feet below the surface. Human triggered avalanches remain possible today and you should steer clear of terrain where the consequences of being caught in an avalanche would be significant, such as cliff bands, terrain traps, or slopes that abruptly end. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-11
March 11, 2018 at 7:24

Moderate Avalanche Hazard exists throughout the West Central Mountains, human triggered avalanches are possible today.  New wind slabs formed in the last 24 hours.  Older wind slabs from last week's storms still exist as well and may be overlying a weak layer of facets or in some areas a combination of crust and facets.  Watch for visual clues of where these new slabs have formed and where old wind slabs still exist.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-10
March 10, 2018 at 7:21

Moderate Avalanche Hazard exists throughout the West Central Mountains, human triggered avalanches are possible today.  New wind slabs formed in the last 24 hours.  Older wind slabs from last week's storms still exist as well and may be overlying a weak layer of facets or in some areas a combination of crust and facets.  Watch for visual clues of where these new slabs have formed and where old wind slabs still exist.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-09
March 9, 2018 at 6:41

Moderate Avalanche Hazard exists throughout the West Central Mountains, human triggered avalanches are possible today.  New wind slabs have formed in the last 24 hours and will continue to build through the day today.  Older wind slabs from last week's storms are still possible and may be overlying a weak layer of facets above the early February rain crust.  Watch for visual clues of where these new slabs are forming and where old wind slabs still exist.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-04
March 4, 2018 at 7:00

Human triggered avalanches are possible at all elevations. Pockets of areas where human triggered avalanches are likely exist at upper elevations due to wind slabs that formed during and after the last storm cycle. These avalanches may occur on isolated terrain features where recent snow has loaded and they may be large enough to bury a person. Yesterday, a human triggered avalanche north of Brundage Ski Area demonstrated that the snowpack is still highly variable and sensitive to human triggers. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-03
March 3, 2018 at 7:07

The Avalanche Hazard is Considerable on upper elevation, wind affected ridges and slopes.  Strong winds combined with recent snowfall have created sensitive wind slabs on both windward and leeward slopes affected by SE, SW and S winds over the last few days.  Avoid traveling on or near corniced ridgelines as newly formed cornices are very sensitive and breaking farther back than you might expect. Loose snow avalanches or sluffs are likely on terrain over 35 degrees.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-03-02
March 2, 2018 at 7:11

The avalanche hazard is HIGH on upper elevation slopes where a combination of new snow and strong winds have created very sensitive wind slabs.  A very tender storm slab exists on wind protected slopes where over a foot of new snow has fallen in the last 2 days.  Human triggered avalanches ranging in size from a few inches to over 2 feet are very likely today.  Avoid steep wind affected terrain and all slopes over 35 degrees.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-02-25
February 25, 2018 at 5:00

Natural and Human triggered Loose snow avalanches/sluffs are likely on slopes over 35 degrees. Wind slab hazard will be increasing, and may be found on upper and middle elevation, wind exposed slopes. Be careful near ridgelines and cornices that may be tender and overhanging.  Numerous natural and human caused avalanches occurred in the last 6 days, most of these failed in wind loaded areas where faceted snow was resting on a crust below.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-02-24
February 24, 2018 at 7:14

Human triggered avalanches are possible today where isolated wind slabs may be found on upper and middle elevation, wind exposed slopes.  The new snow we received this week may be hiding older wind slabs left from  strong winds earlier this week.  Loose snow avalanches/sluffs are likely on slopes over 35 degrees.  Numerous natural and human caused avalanches occurred in the last 6 days, most of these failed in wind loaded areas where faceted snow was resting on a crust below.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-02-23
February 23, 2018 at 7:19

Human triggered avalanches are possible today where isolated wind slabs may be found on upper and middle elevation, wind exposed slopes.  The new snow we received this week may be hiding older wind slabs left from last week's strong winds.  Loose snow avalanches are likely on slopes over 35 degrees.  Numerous natural and human caused avalanches occurred in the last 6 days, most of these failed in wind loaded areas where faceted snow was resting on a stout crust below.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-02-18
February 18, 2018 at 6:58

Strong winds and a combination of denser snow on top of light density snow has created Considerable wind slab avalanche hazard in lee terrain, and terrain exposed to the swirling mountain winds.  Moderate to high W/SW winds hammered the upper elevations over the last 2 days forming sensitive wind slabs on leeward slopes.  Slopes protected from the wind will be prone to storm slab avalanches.  Steep, especially wind protected terrain may also be prone to loose sluffing.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-02-17
February 17, 2018 at 7:02

Conditions are changing in the mountains right now and you will need to change your mindset to match the conditions.  A combination of light density snow, wind and rising temperatures will elevate the avalanche hazard today.  Moderate to high W/SW winds hammered the upper elevations yesterday forming sensitive wind slabs on leeward slopes.  Slopes protected from the wind will be prone to loose, dry avalanches.   As temperatures rise today storm slabs will become a problem on all protected slopes.

 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-02-16
February 16, 2018 at 7:02

A moderate avalanche hazard exists after 6-10 inches of cold, low-density snow fell above a solid melt/freeze layer. Loose dry snow avalanches that are large enough to injure a person are possible on all aspects where the terrain is greater than 35 degrees. At the upper elevations, winds have transported the new snow and formed fresh wind slabs. New snow and moderate winds throughout the day will continue to build an additional load.  

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-02-11
February 11, 2018 at 6:28

 

The risk of triggering an avalanche is generally Low throughout the PAC advisory area today. Warm temperatures and a lack of significant snow accumulations have allowed the snowpack to strengthen over the last two weeks. High elevation ridgelines and other features may still harbor scattered windslabs that are sensitive enough to trigger especially where they are resting on firm snow or crusts below. Use normal caution while traveling and good group management.  Remember, Low Hazard does not mean No Hazard.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-02-10
February 10, 2018 at 6:31

 

The risk of triggering an avalanche is generally Low throughout the PAC advisory area today. Warm temperatures and a lack of significant snow accumulations have allowed the snowpack to strengthen over the last two weeks. High elevation ridgelines and other features may still harbor scattered windslabs that are sensitive enough to trigger especially where they are resting on firm snow or crusts below. Use normal caution while traveling and good group management.  Remember, Low Hazard does not mean No Hazard.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-02-09
February 9, 2018 at 5:54

The risk of triggering an avalanche is generally Low throughout the PAC advisory area today. Warm temperatures and a lack of significant snow accumulations have allowed the snowpack to strengthen over the last two weeks. High elevation ridgelines and other features may still harbor scattered windslabs that are sensitive enough to trigger especially where they are resting on firm snow or crusts below. Use normal caution while traveling and good group management.  Remember, Low Hazard does not mean No Hazard.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-02-04
February 4, 2018 at 7:29

The Avalanche Hazard is Moderate today.  Lower elevation slopes are saturated and with a rain line near 7000 feet today, expect an increase in loose/wet avalanches.   Wind slabs are the primary concern on upper elevation, exposed slopes that have been affected by SW, W and NW winds.  Avoid traveling on steeper slopes with stiff or hollow feeling snow, watch for obvious texture changes and wind deposited snow. Cornices are starting to grow and will become less stable as temperatures warm.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-02-02
February 2, 2018 at 20:03

The Avalanche Hazard is Moderate today. Rain on snow is possible below 6,000 feet which increases the wet avalanche hazard. Freshly formed and lingering wind slabs exist in upper elevation exposed terrain. The upper 4 inches of the snowpack is not well bonded to the crust. Travelers should avoid areas with recent evidence of wind loading, and watch for wet avalanches and saturated steep slopes. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-02-02
February 2, 2018 at 7:01

A moderate avalanche hazard exists above 6,000 feet due to freshly formed and lingering wind slabs. New snow and ridgetop winds have created fresh slabs and older slabs remain from last week's wind event. Warm temperatures have stabilized most of the lingering slabs, but isolated areas with sensitive wind slabs still exist. Travelers should avoid steep slopes with recent evidence of wind loading. Below 6,000 feet, the avalanche hazard is low

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-01-28
January 28, 2018 at 6:56

The Avalanche Hazard is Considerable today above 7,000 feet where new snow and gusty winds have created new wind slabs near ridges and on exposed terrain. Pay attention to changing conditions with the added wind and snow and warming temperatures today, and a possibility of rain on snow in the lower elevations. Below 7,000 feet the avalanche hazard is Moderate.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-01-27
January 27, 2018 at 6:02

The Avalanche Hazard is Moderate today above 6000 feet where new snow and gusty winds have created new windslabs near ridges and on exposed terrain.  In addition, local mountains  have received 10 and 15 inches of new snow over the last week, watch for shallow instabilities on steeper slopes in the layers created this week.   Pay attention to changing conditions with 6-12 inches forecasted in the upper elevations over the next 24 hours.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-01-26
January 26, 2018 at 6:56

The Avalanche Hazard is Moderate today above 7000 feet where new snow and gusty winds have created new windslabs near ridges and on exposed, upper elevation, northerly terrain.  In addition, local mountains received 10 and 15 inches of new snow over the last week, watch for shallow instabilities on steeper slopes in the layers created this week.   A warmer and wetter storm will enter the area tonight, expect rising hazard and rapidly changing conditions over the next 24 hours.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-01-21
January 21, 2018 at 6:17

The avalanche hazard is Moderate above 6000 feet today.  Up to 18 inches of light new snow has potential to sluff on slopes over 38 degrees. The combination of gusty winds from multiple points on the compass and over a foot of new snow have created new wind slabs on exposed terrain.  Below 6,000 feet the avalanche hazard is LOW.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-01-20
January 20, 2018 at 6:41

The avalanche hazard is Moderate above 6000 feet today.  Up to 18 inches of light new snow has potential to sluff. The combination of gusty winds from multiple points on the compass and over a foot of new snow have created new wind slabs on exposed terrain.  Below 6,000 feet the avalanche hazard is LOW.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-01-19
January 19, 2018 at 6:38

The avalanche hazard is Considerable above 6000 feet today.  The combination of gusty winds from multiple points on the compass and over a foot of new snow have created new wind slabs on exposed terrain.  In addition, storm slabs of 12+ inches have accumulated on a variety of old snow surfaces.  Both of these shallow instabilities will add to the complexity of this year's snowpack including the lingering possibility of triggering large avalanches on the persistent weak layer from November.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-01-14
January 14, 2018 at 7:02

The Avalanche Hazard is Moderate today. It is possible that we could see some natural avalanches on slopes that receive direct solar radiation as the snow warms up today.  Moderate hazard also means that human triggered avalanches are possible on certain slopes today.  Variable depths and stability exist throughout the advisory area Play it conservative, watch for signs of warming like rollerballs and point releases. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-01-13
January 13, 2018 at 7:09

The Avalanche Hazard is Moderate today.  Moderate Hazard means that while the likelihood of natural avalanches has dropped today, it is still possible that we could see some natural avalanches on slopes that warm up rapidly today.  Moderate hazard also means that human triggered avalanches are possible on certain slopes today.  Play it conservative today, watch for signs of wind affect on upper elevation terrain and instabilities in the new snow that we received over the last few days.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-01-12
January 12, 2018 at 7:22

The avalanche hazard is Considerable today on upper elevation wind exposed slopes where wind slabs formed during this week's wet and windy storm.  The presence of a fairly widespread layer of weak, faceted snow above the Thanksgiving rain crust and more recently formed crusts will further complicate the avalanche problem today in the upper elevations.  Below 7000 feet, the avalanche hazard is Moderate on slopes over 30 degrees.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-01-07
January 7, 2018 at 6:58

BOTTOM LINE Moderate hazard exists today at mid and upper elevations due to a persistent weak layer above the Thanksgiving rain crust.  Isolated wind slabs can also be found near ridgetops and on upper elevation, exposed slopes. A rapid warmup Friday and Saturday, and rain to nearly 7000 feet will keep the avalanche hazard around until temperatures allow the snowpack to refreeze.  Pay attention to changing conditions and a high level of variability as you travel through the mountains today.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-01-06
January 6, 2018 at 8:05

BOTTOM LINE Moderate hazard exists today at mid and upper elevations due to a persistent weak layer above the Thanksgiving rain crust.  Isolated wind slabs can also be found near ridgetops and on upper elevation, exposed slopes. A rapid warmup yesterday and rain overnight to nearly 7000 feet will increase the avalanche hazard until temperatures allow the snowpack to refreeze.  Pay attention to changing conditions and a high level of variability as you travel through the mountains today.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2018-01-05
January 5, 2018 at 7:16

Moderate avalanche danger exists today at mid and upper elevations due to persistent slabs that exist above the buried Thanksgiving rain crust. A secondary problem, wind slabs, can be found near ridges and other exposed areas. While these slabs may be difficult to trigger, the shallow snowpack and numerous obstacles will increase the consequences if you are caught in an avalanche. The safest terrain (and arguably best snow quality) can be found in low angled, sheltered areas. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-12-31
December 31, 2017 at 6:48

The primary avalanche problem today is wind slabs on exposed ridges and upper elevation slopes. Recent weather has stiffened the upper snowpack. Variability is the name of the game with significant changes found on different aspects.  Multiple weak layers exist in the upper snowpack and are just starting to become reactive as the snow adjusts to these changes.  Continue to use cautious route selection, careful snowpack evaluation, and good travel protocols.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-12-30
December 30, 2017 at 7:50

The primary avalanche concern today is wind slabs on exposed ridges and upper elevation slopes.  Yesterday's weather stiffened the upper snowpack into a 8-12 inch cohesive slab in many areas. Variability is the name of the game with significant changes found on different aspects.  Multiple weak layers exist in the upper snowpack and are just starting to become reactive as the snow adjusts to these changes.   Cautious route selection, snowpack evaluation and good travel protocols are a must today.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-12-29
December 29, 2017 at 7:08

Small wind slabs on upper elevation leeward slopes will remain our primary hazard today.  A warm Pacific storm system is forecasted to impact the West Central Mountains later today through Saturday and the avalanche hazard will rise as we add storm and wind slabs to the buried crust and weak layers above it.  As the new snow piles up, watch for obvious signs of instabilities in the snowpack such as cracking, whumphing or newly formed wind slabs near ridgetops.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-12-24
December 24, 2017 at 6:47

The primary avalanche hazard today will be found on upper elevation slopes where small,  wind slabs have formed through out the last week.  A layer of weak, faceted snow below the recent storm snow and above the Thanksgiving rain crust will also be a layer to watch as we add an additional snow load over the next few days. Buried treasure is abundant, and easy to locate, ski and ride with caution!  

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-12-23
December 23, 2017 at 7:02

The primary avalanche hazard today will be found on upper elevation slopes where small, sensitive wind slabs have formed through out the last week.  A layer of weak, faceted snow below the recent storm snow and above the Thanksgiving rain crust will also be a layer to watch as we add more snow and additional load over the next few days. Buried treasure is abundant, and easy to locate, ski and ride with caution!  

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-12-21
December 21, 2017 at 14:47

Season's/Solstice Greetings!  The PAC is online for the season.  We got a late start because of the weather.  The good news is that we will be posting our first backcountry update/advisory for the season this Saturday, the bad news is that we are only funded for 3 days per week forecasting this year.  The Friends are also undergoing a major reorganization and could use your help,  to get involved email us or check the FPAC FB page for more information.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-24
March 24, 2017 at 6:59

The avalanche danger today will start out LOW. However, later this afternoon and into tonight, moderate to strong winds and new snow are in the forecast and the danger will rise to MODERATE due to human triggered wind and storm slabs being possible. As snow and wind continue over the weekend, make note of where the wind is blowing the new snow and pick terrain accordingly.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-23
March 23, 2017 at 6:30

The Avalanche Danger will rise to Moderate today as the Sun heats up the snow surface.  Human triggered loose, wet avalanches remain possible on all steep solar slopes. On Southern and Northern slopes in the highest elevations, you may encounter shallow wind slabs that may be reactive to the weight of a skier or snowmobile. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-22
March 22, 2017 at 6:45

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate today at all elevations and aspects.  Human triggered loose, wet avalanches remain possible on all steep slopes.  On leeward facing slopes in the highest elevations, you may encounter thin wind slabs that are reactive to the weight of a skier or snowmobile.   Cornice failures are also a major concern,  large cornices are overhanging ridge lines much farther than you might expect.  Avoid traveling near the edges of and spending time below heavily corniced ridgelines.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-21
March 21, 2017 at 6:11

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate today at all elevations and aspects.  Human triggered loose, wet avalanches remain possible on all steep slopes.  On leeward facing slopes in the highest elevations, you may encounter thin wind slabs that are reactive to the weight of a skier or snowmobile.   Cornice failures are also a major concern,  large cornices are verhanging ridge lines much farther than you might expect.  Avoid traveling near the edges of and spending time below heavily corniced ridgelines.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-20
March 20, 2017 at 6:13

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate today at all elevations and aspects.  Human triggered loose, wet avalanches remain possible on all steep slopes.  On leeward(E, NE, N, NW)  facing slopes  in the highest elevations, thin wind slabs may be reactive to the weight of a skier or snowmobile.   Cornice failures are also a major concern,  cornices are large and overhanging ridge lines much farther than you might expect.  Avoid traveling near the edges of and spending time below these monsters.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-19
March 19, 2017 at 6:16

The Avalanche Danger is Considerable  today at all elevations/aspects.  Loose, wet avalanches will be your main concern today,  but upper elevation lee slopes are now sporting a fresh crop of wind slabs resting on a variety of firm surfaces below.  Expect them on primarily E through NW slopes.  Cornice failures are also a major concern,  cornices are large and overhanging ridgelines much farther than you might expect.  Avoid travelling near the edges of and spending time below these monsters.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-18
March 18, 2017 at 6:07

The Avalanche Danger is MODERATE  today at all elevations/aspects.  Loose, wet avalanches will be your main concern today,  but upper elevation lee slopes are now sporting a thin and reactive wind slab layer as well as 3-5 inches of sled cooling, ski carving new snow.  Cornice failures are also a major concern,  cornices are very large and overhanging ridgelines much farther than you might expect.  Avoid travelling near the edges of and spending time below these monsters.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-17
March 17, 2017 at 5:47

The Avalanche Danger is MODERATE  today at all elevations/aspects due to the possibility of loose, wet avalanches resulting from warm temperatures and recent rainfall that has saturated the upper snow pack.  Cornice failures are also a concern,  the overhanging snow has become unstable as a result of the warm, wet weather this week.  The snow surface will be refrozen this morning but will be thawing through the day and is unlikely to refreeze until Sunday evening.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-16
March 16, 2017 at 6:32

The avalanche danger is MODERATE at all elevations and all aspects due to human triggered wet-loose, cornice fall, and wind slab avalanches being possible. Two days of rain on snow, and a lack of freezing temperatures until this morning, will make loose wet avalanches our primary concern. Stay away from overhanging cornices.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-15
March 15, 2017 at 6:21

The avalanche danger is MODERATE at all elevations and all aspects due to human triggered avalanches being possible. A sustained lack of freezing temperatures over the last 48 hours, with rain on snow today, will make loose wet avalanches our primary concern. Today as the snow pack continues to transition from 'damp' to 'wet', the danger could rise to CONSIDERABLE due to the decreasing strength of the snow pack and the increase in the possibility of natural wet slab avalanches.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-14
March 14, 2017 at 6:28

The avalanche danger is MODERATE at all elevations and all aspects due to human triggered avalanches being possible. A lack of freezing temperatures overnight combined with rain on snow today will make loose wet avalanches are primary concern. Today as the snow pack continues to transition from 'damp' to 'wet', the danger could rise to CONSIDERABLE due to the decreasing strength of the snow pack and the increase in the possibility of natural wet slab avalanches.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-13
March 13, 2017 at 5:29

The avalanche danger is MODERATE due to human triggered avalanches being possible. Above 7000 feet be on the lookout for wind slabs, primarily on north and east aspects. Also, warm temperatures and sun will increase the chance of loose wet avalanches in very steep terrain. If the sun comes out for more than a few hours the danger will rise on all sunny slopes. Middle and low elevation slopes in the shade, the avalanche danger is LOW.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-12
March 12, 2017 at 6:22

The avalanche danger is MODERATE at all elevations due to human triggered avalanches being possibleThe refreeze of the snow pack from Friday and Friday night was short lived due to warm temperatures and rain falling yesterday up to 7000 feet. Overnight the temperatures dipped below freezing again at all elevations, however, below 7000 feet the brief dip of the mercury had little affect on freezing the soggy snow pack. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-11
March 11, 2017 at 7:00

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate today above 7000 feet.  Human triggered avalanches are possible on steep, wind loaded terrain.  Below 7000 feet the Avalanche Danger is Low where firm, refrozen snow developed overnight with below freezing temperatures.  As temperatures rise today and if we see periods of direct sun, the potential for loose, wet avalanches will increase.  

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-10
March 10, 2017 at 7:00

The Avalanche Danger is CONSIDERABLE today at all elevations due to natural avalanches being possible, and human triggered avalanches being likely.  Above freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, rain on snow combined with steady S, SW and W moderate winds have all stressed our snowpack right to its breaking point.  1-3 ft thick wind slabs and storm slabs are the main concerns again today. Loose, wet avalanches will be a concern on all but the highest elevation slopes.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-09
March 9, 2017 at 7:50

The Avalanche Danger is CONSIDERABLE today at all elevations due to natural avalanches being possible, and human triggered avalanches being likely.  Dense snowfall, moderate S and SW winds, and warming temperatures will cause the avalanche danger to increase through the day as the snowline rises to almost 8000 ft.  1-3 ft thick wind slabs and storm slabs are the main concerns today and will become more likely as the upper snowpack becomes saturated by high elevation rain starting this afternoon.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-08
March 8, 2017 at 6:58

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE today at all elevations due to natural avalanches being possible, and human triggered avalanches being likely. New, heavier snow, moderate winds, and warming temperatures will cause the avalanche danger to rise this evening, especially at elevations between 5,000 and 6,000 feet where rain on snow is forecasted.

 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-07
March 7, 2017 at 5:51

The avalanche danger today is CONSIDERABLE above 7,000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being likely. A new round of wind and storm slabs have developed over the last 24 hours, and if today's forecasted snow and wind comes to fruition, the danger will increase at all elevations this afternoon and into tonight. Out of the wind zone in the middle elevations today we start out at MODERATE, and below 6,000 the danger will start out LOW.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-06
March 6, 2017 at 5:19

The avalanche danger today is CONSIDERABLE above 7000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being likely. Wind and snow from Saturday night, and more on the way today, have created new wind and storm slabs. Between 7000 and 6000 feet the danger is MODERATE due to less snow and wind. Below 6000 the danger is LOW. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-03-05
March 5, 2017 at 6:49

The Avalanche Danger is Considerable today above 6000 feet where a combination of high winds and up to 2 feet of new snow have created new wind and storm slabs that have fallen on a variety of old snow surfaces, and may have a poor bond.  Below 6000 feet the Danger is Moderate due to less snowfall and warmer temperatures. 

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March 4, 2017 at 7:03

The Avalanche Danger is Considerable today above 6000 feet where a combination of high winds and heavy snowfall have created new wind and storm slabs that have fallen on a variety of old snow surfaces.  Below 6000 feet the Danger is Moderate due to less snowfall overnight and warmer temperatures.  With warm temperatures and rising snowlines today, the possibility of loose, wet avalanches will increase in the lower elevations throughout the day.

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March 3, 2017 at 6:38

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate on upper elevation wind exposed slopes where wind slabs continue to form and on slopes that receive direct sun throughout the day.  Wet, loose avalanches may be possible if Southerly slopes are exposed to direct sunlight.  Expect this problem to begin early on East facing slopes and move around the bottom of the compass throughout the day.  Below 7000 feet on protected slopes the danger is Low.

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March 2, 2017 at 7:11

The avalanche danger is Considerable today at all elevations on solar aspects where natural avalanches are likely, and human triggered avalanches are possible. Above 6,000 feet, on leeward terrain that wont be effected by the Sun, Moderate danger exists where variable winds have formed wind slabs near ridge tops that may be sensitive to the weight of a skier or rider. Below 6,000 feet on aspects that are not effected by the Sun, the danger is LOW.

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March 1, 2017 at 6:18

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 7,000 feet where human triggered avalanches are likely. New snow combined with variable winds have formed a new batch of wind slabs on all leeward terrain in the upper elevations. In the middle elevations, on steep slopes that were not affected by the wind, loose dry avalanches are the primary problem and the danger is MODERATE. Below 6,000 feet where less new snow has fallen the danger is LOW.

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February 28, 2017 at 5:50

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 7,000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being likely. New snow combined with variable winds have caused a new batch of wind slabs on all leeward terrain in the upper elevations. In the middle elevations, on steep slopes that were not affected by the wind, loose dry avalanches are the primary problem and the danger is MODERATE. Below 6,000 feet where less new snow has fallen the danger is LOW.

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February 27, 2017 at 6:18

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 6,000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being likely. New snow combined with winds out of the south, west, and southwest have caused a new batch of wind slabs on all leeward terrain. On steep slopes that were not affected by the wind, loose dry avalanches are the primary problem. Below 6,000 feet where new light powder rests on a slick crust the danger is MODERATE.

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February 26, 2017 at 7:04

The Avalanche Danger is MODERATE above 7000 feet today on wind affected slopes. Winds gusting around the compass over the last 5 days have left multiple layers of wind slabs sensitive to the weight of a skier or snowmobiler scattered across exposed, upper elevation terrain. The Avalanche Danger below 7000 ft where soft snow exists on protected slopes is LOW.  Very firm conditions will be found in the lower elevations. 

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February 25, 2017 at 7:11

The Avalanche Danger is MODERATE above 7000 feet today on wind affected slopes. Winds gusting around the compass over the last 5 days have left multiple layers of wind slabs sensitive to the weight of a skier or snowmobiler scattered across exposed, upper elevation terrain. The Avalanche Danger below 7000ft where soft snow exists is LOW.  Very firm snow and crusts will be found in the lower elevations.

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February 24, 2017 at 6:43

The Avalanche Danger is Considerable above 7000 feet today on wind affected slopes. Winds gusting around the compass over the last 5 days have left multiple layers of wind slabs sensitive to the weight of a skier or snowmobiler scattered across exposed, upper elevation terrain. The Avalanche Danger in wind protected areas where soft snow exists and below 7000 feet is Moderate.  In the lower elevations, expect Low danger where the snowpack is well consolidated.

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February 23, 2017 at 5:33

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 7,000 feet. Snow and strong winds from around the compass have created slabs in exposed and sheltered terrain on multiple aspects. Multiple generations of wind slabs may be sensitive to the weight of skiers and riders, may be up to 3’ thick, and have formed on top of a variety of surfaces.  Below 7,000 feet the avalanche danger is MODERATE.

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February 22, 2017 at 6:54

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 7,000 feet. Snow and strong winds have created slabs in exposed and sheltered terrain on multiple aspects. Multiple generations of wind slabs may be sensitive to the weight of skiers and riders, may be up to 3’ thick, and have formed on top of a variety of surfaces.  Below 7,000 feet the avalanche danger is MODERATE.

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February 21, 2017 at 6:45

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 6,000 feet. Snow and strong wind have created slabs in exposed and sheltered terrain on multiple aspects. Multiple generations of wind slabs will be sensitive to the weight of riders, may be up to 3’ thick, and have formed over a variety of surfaces.  Wind slabs are less widespread in low elevations where MODERATE danger exists due to the possibility of loose wet and wet slab avalanches.

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February 20, 2017 at 6:45

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 7,000 feet. Snow and strong wind have created slabs in exposed and sheltered terrain on multiple aspects. Multiple generations of wind slabs will be sensitive to the weight of riders, may be up to 2’ thick, and have formed over a variety of surfaces.  Wind slabs are less widespread at middle and low elevations where MODERATE danger exists. In the lowest elevations there is a possibility of wet avalanches due to forecasted rain today. 

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February 19, 2017 at 6:19

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 7,000 feet today due to human triggered avalanches being likely. Winds out of the south over the last few days have caused wind slabs of up to two feet deep on all leeward slopes. Below 7,000 the danger is MODERATE and human triggered wind slabs avalanches, and in the lowest elevation loose wet avalanches, are possible.

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February 18, 2017 at 5:59

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate today. High Southerly winds Thursday created a new batch of wind slabs on mostly Northerly aspects above 7000 ft.  These new slabs and 3-5 inches of new snow fell on a variety of  slick, old snow surfaces which will create poor bonding in many places. Below 7000 feet there is a possibility of wet loose avalanches due to another day of near or above freezing temperatures and the possiblity of rain on snow.  

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February 17, 2017 at 7:02

 

The Avalanche Danger is CONSIDERABLE today above 7000 feet on wind affected slopes. Winds in excess of 35 MPH were recorded in the upper elevations yesterday which quickly created a new batch of wind slabs.  These new slabs and the new snow fell on a variety of  slick, old snow surfaces which will create poor bonding in many places. Below 6000 feet there is a possibility of wet loose avalanches due to yesterday's rain and above freezing temperatures.  

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February 16, 2017 at 7:13

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE today at all elevations where natural avalanches are possible, and human triggered avalanches are likely. Loose wet natural avalanches are possible below 6500 feet where rain is falling on the snow surface. Above 6500 feet, new snow may have trouble bonding to slick snow surfaces created from the sun this past week. Elevations above 7,000 feet will see South winds upwards of 38MPH creating fresh wind slab avalanche hazard.

 

 

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February 15, 2017 at 6:11

The avalanche danger is MODERATE today above 6000 feet. Loose wet avalanches are possible on very steep, sunny slopes in the heat of the afternoon. Wind slabs of varying thickness can still be found on wind-loaded slopes above 7000 feet. Below 6000 feet the danger is LOW.

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February 14, 2017 at 6:44

The avalanche danger is MODERATE today above 6000 feet. Loose wet avalanches are possible on very steep, sunny slopes in the heat of the afternoon. Also, wind slabs of varying thickness can still be found on steep slopes above 7000 feet. Below 6000 feet the danger is LOWbut still be aware of the loosening of the snow due to heat in the afternoon.

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February 13, 2017 at 6:50

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE today above 7000 feet where human triggered avalanches are likely due to wind slabs on leeward slopes.  Below 7000 feet the danger is MODERATE due to wind slabs and loose wet avalanches being possible. Human triggered wet loose avalanches will remain a concern on steep slopes today as day time highs creep back up into the upper 30's. At 6000 feet and below the danger is LOW.  

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February 12, 2017 at 7:17

The Avalanche Danger is Considerable today above 7000 feet where new windslabs have formed on mostly Northerly facing leeward slopes over the last few days.  Below 7000 feet the Danger is Moderate.  2 days of below freezing temperatures have done a great job re-freezing our very soggy snowpack.  The possibility of human caused wind slabs, and wet loose avalanches will remain on steep slopes as day time highs creep back up into the upper 30's.  

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February 11, 2017 at 7:33

The Avalanche Danger is Considerable today above 7000 feet where new windslabs formed through Thursday night and Friday on leeward slopes.  Below 7000 feet the Danger is Moderate.  Falling temperatures yesterday afternoon and last night have already begun re-freezing our very soggy snowpack.  The possibility of human caused wet loose or wet slab avalanches will remain until the snowpack has completely refrozen.  Avoid steep slopes until the lower snowpack refreezes.

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February 10, 2017 at 7:03

The Avalanche Danger is HIGH throughout the West Central Mountains and surrounding areas.  High winds, above freezing temperatures, and rain falling on the snowpack up to 8000 feet over the last 24 hours have created dangerous avalanche conditions. Numerous large avalanches have been reported in both upper and lower elevation areas. High hazard will continue through the day as water continues to soak deeper into the snowpack creating the potential for large wet slab avalanches.

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February 9, 2017 at 6:45

The avalanche danger is HIGH above 6000 feet due to natural avalanches being likely and human triggered avalanches being very likely. Avoid steep, wind affected terrain today where rain will weaken the snow pack up to 8,500 feet. The danger is CONSIDERABLE below 6000 feet where human triggered avalanches are likely in steep terrain saturated by rain.  

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February 8, 2017 at 6:56

The avalanche danger is Considerable above 6000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being likely in wind exposed terrain. Over the last 24 hours we have seen moderate to high winds which created wind slabs that are widespread. The danger is Moderate below 6000 feet where wind slabs are less widespread but storm slab human triggered avalanches are possible in steep sheltered terrain.  This evening as temperatures and snow levels rise, the avalanche hazard will rise along with it.

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February 7, 2017 at 6:30

The avalanche danger is HIGH above 7000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being very likely in wind exposed terrain. Over the last 24 hours we have seen moderate to high winds which created wind slabs that are widespread. The danger is CONSIDERABLE below 7000 feet where wind slabs are less widespread but storm slab avalanches are likely in steep sheltered terrain. Below 6000 feet the danger is MODERATE.

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February 6, 2017 at 6:43

The avalanche danger is HIGH above 6000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being very likely in wind exposed terrain. Over the last 24 hours we have seen high winds and at times heavy snowfall, which is creating wind slabs that are widespread. The danger is CONSIDERABLE below 6000 where wind slabs are less widespread but storm slab and loose wet avalanches are likely. In all sheltered terrain, human triggered storm slab avalanches are likely in very steep terrain. 

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February 5, 2017 at 7:11

The Avalanche Danger is HIGH above 6000 feet.  High winds, heavy snowfall, rain and the potential for rain above 6000 feet combined with above freezing temperatures are creating dangerous avalanche conditions.  Above 7000 feet, dense wind and storm slabs have been building over the last 48 hours.  Below 6000 feet the Avalanche Danger is CONSIDERABLE, wet loose avalanches are likely on steep slopes.  Today is a good day to avoid being on or under terrain steeper than 30 degrees.

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February 4, 2017 at 6:12

The Avalanche Danger is HIGH on all aspects at all elevations.  High winds, heavy snowfall, rain and the potential for rain above 6000 feet combined with above freezing temperatures are creating dangerous avalanche conditions throughout the area.  Lower elevation avalanches will be likely on steep slopes below 5000 feet.  Above 7000 feet wind and storm slabs have been building over the last 24 hours.  Today is a good day to avoid being on or under terrain steeper than 30 degrees.

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February 3, 2017 at 6:07

The Avalanche Danger is MODERATE today on steep, upper elevation slopes above 7000 feet where shallow, human triggered wind slabs are possible.  Loose, dry avalanches or sluffs are a concern on very steep terrain. Below 7000 feet the avalanche danger is LOW but will rise throughout the day with the arrival of a wet and windy storm. Natural and human caused avalanches will become likely with 15+ inches of snow forecasted in the upper elevations through the next few days.

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February 2, 2017 at 5:10

The avalanche danger today is MODERATE on steep, wind affected slopes above 7000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being possible. Below 7000 feet the avalanche danger is LOW.  Do keep in mind that a layer of buried surface hoar, and basal facets are still being tracked around the advisory area. While the chances of triggering an avalanche due to this problem is low, the consequences would be high.

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February 1, 2017 at 6:35

The avalanche danger today is MODERATE on steep, wind affected slopes above 7000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being possible. Below 7000 feet the avalanche danger is LOW.  Do keep in mind that a layer of buried surface hoar is still being tracked around the advisory area. While the chances of triggering an avalanche due to this problem is low, the consequences would be high.

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January 31, 2017 at 6:15

The avalanche danger today is MODERATE on steep, wind affected slopes above 7000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being possible. Below 7000 feet the avalanche danger is LOW.  Do keep in mind that a layer of buried surface hoar is still being tracked around the advisory area. While the chances of triggering an avalanche due to this problem is low, the consequences would be high.

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January 30, 2017 at 6:12

The avalanche danger today is MODERATE on steep, wind affected slopes above 7000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being possible. Below 7000 feet the avalanche danger is LOW.  Do keep in mind that a layer of buried surface hoar is still being tracked around the advisory area. While the chances of triggering an avalanche due to this problem is low, the consequences would be high.

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January 29, 2017 at 6:45

The avalanche danger is MODERATE due human triggered avalanches being possible in isolated areas today.  Persistent weak layers, ice crusts or crust /facet combinations can be found buried in some areas. Wind slabs of varying thickness exist near ridge lines and on exposed upper elevation terrain.  Pay attention to changing snow conditions as temperatures climb throughout the day. Use good travel techniques, ski or ride one at time and keep your eyes on your partners in steep terrain today.

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January 28, 2017 at 7:07

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate, human triggered avalanches are possible in isolated areas today.  Persistent weak layers, ice crusts or crust /facet combinations can be found buried in some areas. Wind slabs of varying thickness exist near ridgelines and on exposed upper elevation terrain.  Pay attention to changing snow conditions as temperatures climb throughout the day. Use good travel techniques, ski or ride one at time and keep your eyes on your partners in steep terrain today.

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