Avalanche Advisory published on January 7, 2016 @ 6:36 am
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The overall avalanche danger is LOW. Human triggered avalanches are unlikely. Except for elevations above 7500 feet where wind slabs still exist on southwest through east aspects, the avalanche danger is MODERATE. If traveling in high elevations today, evaluate the snow and terrain carefully and avoid areas of concern.

How to read the advisory

  • Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
Avalanche Problem 1: Wind Slab
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    Very Likely
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    Very Large

Wind slabs are still present in elevations above 7500 feet in specific terrain features. If you are in steep terrain be on the look out for these slabs. Stiff, pillow shaped deposits should be avoided when in high elevation consequential terrain. Triggering a wind slab in sheltered terrain and on all lower elevation slopes is unlikely.

Avalanche Problem 2: Normal Caution
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advisory discussion

We know you all have been getting out the past few weeks...we would love to here about it! Use our sweet OBSERVATION page to drop us a line. It is super easy, and you don't need to use any special jargon or worry about submitting pit profiles (you can if you want). Any information and pictures about avalanche activity you saw, or the fact that you didn't see any avalanche activity, while you were out in the backcountry would be great. We need you!

recent observations

Snowmobiles are getting into non-motorized areas...check the Winter Travel Map (East side/ West side) on closures before you head out. Remember that the Granite Mt. closure goes into effect on 1/15 also, please respect non-motorized closures in the area. It is your responsibility to know the motorized/non-motorized boundaries.

Skiers and riders are getting into some of our more consequential terrain...make sure that you have an escape route planned if something goes wrong:

-Know how to perform slope cuts on skis, snowboard, and/or snowmobile and remember that this technique only works for softer slabs. As slabs harden, they will allow you to get further out before being triggered. If you were to trigger an avalanche, have an escape route.

-Use good travel practices when you are in avalanche terrain. Travel one at a time while skinning, skiing, and riding avalanche terrain.

-Make sure that everyone in your group is carrying avalanche rescue gear (beacon, probe, shovel) and knows how to use it. This is a great time to be practicing with your beacon before the next big dump.


There is a 30% chance of snow today in the mountains with the a high of around 33. If we do pick up any new snowfall today it will be less than half an inch. Winds today will be light, shifting from southwest this morning to northwest by afternoon. Weather for the next few days looks about the same. Cloudy skies with 20-30% chance of showers.

Two-Day Mountain Weather Forecast Produced in partnership with the NOAA-NWS
McCall Airport at 5021 feet.
  Thursday Thursday Night Friday
Weather: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 31. Light and variable wind A 10 percent chance of snow showers before midnight. Areas of fog after midnight. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 20. Light north northeast wind. A 20 percent chance of snow showers before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 30. Calm wind.
Temperatures: High 31 deg. F. Low 20 deg. F. High 30 deg. F.
Wind direction: Variable North-northeast
Wind speed: Light Light Calm
Expected snowfall: 0 in. 0 in. 0 in.
Granite Mountain at 7700 feet.
  Thursday Thursday Night Friday
Weather: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 30. West wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 20. North northeast wind around 6 mph A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 29. North wind 3 to 6 mph
Temperatures: High 30 deg. F. Low 20 deg. F. High 29 deg. F.
Wind direction: West North-northeast North
Wind speed: 5 6 3-6
Expected snowfall: less than half an inch in. 0 in. 0 in.

This avalanche advisory is provided through a partnership between the Payette National Forest and the Payette Avalanche Center. This advisory covers the West Central Mountains between Hard Butte on the north and Council Mountain on the south. This advisory applies only to backcountry areas outside established ski area boundaries. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This advisory expires at midnight on the posted day unless otherwise noted. The information in this advisory is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.