HIT THE PAUSE BUTTON THIS WEEKEND-
As we head into another busy weekend, PAC would like to encourage all users to take a pause, step back and look at the local statistics as well as the climbing number of fatalities this winter. In our area, we had 3 human-triggered avalanches that we know about that occurred on Saturday and Sunday. Last week, we had at least the same amount. The weekend prior to that skiers and snowmobilers reported natural and human-triggered avalanches occurring on many aspects. Across the Western U. S. we have had 7 avalanche fatalities in the last 10 days and 25 avalanche fatalities during the month of February.
Many of these accidents occurred under Considerable hazard or under what Avalanche Centers and snow professionals have been calling “high Moderate” or “scary Moderate” hazard. This has been a weird winter, we have unusual snowpack conditions across much of the Western U.S. It’s time to dial back your slope angles, take the time to dig into what the Avalanche Forecast is saying, and travel with a larger margin of safety built in. We are on track to have the highest number of avalanche-related deaths in the U.S. ever, don’t add yourself or your partners to that count.
OBSERVATIONS – Please keep sharing your observations and information on instabilities and incidents. Your observations are very important to our operations and help everyone who looks at them. You can submit your observations on our Observations Page, it’s easy and only takes a few minutes. We have been experiencing some bugs with our observation page. If you are having difficulty submitting your observations, please email your information and photos with as much information as you can to [email protected]
Motorized closures are in effect in a few areas on the Payette National Forest. Areas around Brundage Mountain Resort, on Granite Mountain, on Jughandle Mountain, in the Lick Creek area, and a few other areas are closed to motorized travel. Not all of these closures are signed, or signs may be easy to miss. Please refer to the Winter Travel Map
to find out where you can shred on your sled or moto. You can also download this map on your phone using the Avenza app
. Please respect other users and these closures where they exist.
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, or click Donate above, to help us provide you with the info you need to be safe in the mountains.