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Avalanche Danger High This Weekend

The avalanche danger is rising to CONSIDERABLE (Level 3) today, and the danger will continue to increase through Sunday.  Accumulating snow from multiple storms and drifting from forecast strong winds will gradually overload the old, weak, sugary layers in the snow pack.  New snow avalanches can be triggered on steep slopes today; deeper, more dangerous avalanches are expected this weekend.    

Backcountry travelers need to be aware that avalanche conditions are becoming more dangerous.  They should:

  1.  Check the latest avalanche conditions by monitoring our web site at: or call 888-999-4019. (Recorded information customized for each forecast area)
  2. Carry avalanche rescue gear such as an avalanche rescue beacon, shovel and probe.
  3. Get some basic avalanche education.  You can start by watching our Know Before You Go video.

This does not apply to ski areas where avalanche control is normally conducted.

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