Friday, April 2, 2010

Avalanche Danger Looms In Backcountry



Photo courtesy of Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center A large avalanche on Titus Ridge, west of Galena Summit, provided clear evidence Wednesday of continued instability in the snowpack after nearly 2 feet of snow fell in storms earlier this week. Janet Kellam, director of the avalanche center, reiterated the potential danger in the backcountry, especially at higher elevations that experienced high winds. “Because of the poor bonding of the new snow and the weak underlying layers, it will still be very possible to trigger avalanches on many steep slopes this weekend,” Kellam said. “Tracks on a slope do not guarantee it is safe or that it will not slide on the next person.”




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