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 2017-02-25
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-24
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-23
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-22
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-21
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-20
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. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-19
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-18
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.  

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-17
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.  

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-16
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.

 

 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-15
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-14
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-13
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.  

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-12
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.  

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-11
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-10
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-09
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.  

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-08
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-07
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-06
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. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-05
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-04
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-03
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-02
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-02-01
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-31
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-30
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-29
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-28
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.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-27
January 27, 2017 at 6:07

The Avalanche Danger today is Moderate, human triggered avalanches are possible.  Buried Surface Hoar and small grained Faceted snow may be found in lower elevations or areas that were sheltered from high winds before they got buried.  Wind slabs of varying thickness and hardness are present near ridgelines and on almost all exposed terrain. Use good travel techniques, ski or ride one at time and keep your eyes on your partners if you are in steep terrain.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-26
January 26, 2017 at 7:13

The avalanche danger is Moderate  today at all elevations on slopes over 30 degrees due to human triggered avalanches being possible. Surface hoar is buried between 1-2 feet, in isolated areas that stayed sheltered from the winds. Sensitive wind slabs can be found near ridgelines.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-24
January 24, 2017 at 6:35

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE today above 6000 feet on slopes over 30 degrees due to human triggered avalanches being likely. Below 6000 feet the avalanche danger is MODERATE and human triggered avalanches are possible.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-24
January 24, 2017 at 17:45

The avalanche danger is Moderate  today at all elevations on slopes over 30 degrees due to human triggered avalanches being possible. Surface hoar is buried between 1-2 feet, in isolated areas that stayed sheltered from the winds. Sensitive wind slabs can be found near ridgelines.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-23
January 23, 2017 at 6:26

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE today above 6000 feet on slopes over 30 degrees due to human triggered avalanches being likely. Below 6000 the avalanche danger is MODERATE and human triggered avalanches are possible.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-22
January 22, 2017 at 7:29

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 7000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being likely. Our most recent storm cycle put down 18-21 inches of new snow that fell on a variety of old snow surfaces including well developed surface hoar, near surface facets and firm crusts.  In addition, a fresh crop of wind slabs will be found near the ridge tops on leeward and/or crossloaded slopes. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-21
January 21, 2017 at 6:43

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 6000 feet.. Our most recent storm cycle put down 18-21 inches of new snow that fell on a variety of old snow surfaces including well developed Surface HoarNear Surface facets and firm crusts.  In addition, a fresh crop of wind slabs will be found near the ridge tops on leeward slopes. Small to medium sized, human triggered avalanches are likely today.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-20
January 20, 2017 at 5:39

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE above 6000 feet.. Our most recent storm cycle put down 18-21 inches of new snow that fell on a variety of old snow surfaces including well developed Surface Hoar, Near Surface facets and firm crusts.  In addtion, a fresh crop of wind slabs will be found near the ridge tops on leeward slopes. Small to medium sized, human triggered avalanches are likely today.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-19
January 19, 2017 at 6:17

The avalanche danger is Condiserable above 6000 feet. Last night up to a foot of new snow came in with Southwest winds around 20 MPH...resting on buried surface hoar. Wind slabs remain a concern on upper elevation slopes with recent natural avalanches and the potential for human triggered slabs between a few inches and a few feet thick.  Below 6.000 feet. the avalanche danger is Moderate. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-18
January 18, 2017 at 6:47

The avalanche danger is MODERATE on wind loaded, slopes above 7000 feet. Wind slabs remain a concern on upper elevation slopes with recent natural avalanches and the potential for human triggered slabs between a few inches and a few feet thick. Expect to see the avalanche danger rise quickly today with the approaching storm bringing more wind and snow.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-17
January 17, 2017 at 6:36

The avalanche danger is MODERATE on wind loaded, slopes above 7000 feet. Wind slabs remain a concern on upper elevation slopes with recent natural avalanches and the potential for human triggered slabs between a few inches and a few feet thick. Tonight and tomorrow expect to see avalanche danger rise quickly with the approaching wind and snow.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-16
January 16, 2017 at 6:51

The Avalanche Danger is MODERATE on wind loaded, slopes above 7000 feet. Wind slabs remain a concern on upper elevation slopes with recent natural avalanches and the potential for human triggered slabs between a few inches and a few feet thick.  Small, loose snow avalanches are also possible and may provide the trigger for larger slab avalanches especially as direct sun and afternoon warming affect the snowpack.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-15
January 15, 2017 at 6:44

The Avalanche Danger is MODERATE,  human triggered avalanches are possible  on wind loaded, slopes above 7000 feet. Wind slabs remain a concern on upper elevation slopes with recent natural avalanches and the potential for human triggered slabs between a few inches and a few feet thick.  Small, loose snow avalanches are possible and may provide the trigger for deeper wind or storm slab avalanches especially as direct sun and afternoon warming affect the snowpack.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-14
January 14, 2017 at 5:56

The Avalanche Danger is MODERATE,  human triggered avalanches are possible  on wind loaded, slopes above 7000 feet. Wind slabs remain a concern on upper elevation slopes with recent natural avalanches and the potential for human triggered slabs between a few inches and a few feet thick.  Small, loose snow avalanches are possible and may provide the trigger for deeper wind or storm slab avalanches especially as direct sun and afternoon warming affect the snowpack.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-13
January 13, 2017 at 6:49

The Avalanche Danger is Considerable on wind loaded, or cross loaded slopes above 7000 feet. Wind slabs remain a concern on Northerly slopes with recent natural avalanches and the potential for human triggered slabs between a few inches and a few feet thick.  Cross loaded areas of wind slab may be found on E or W facing slopes and on smaller terrain features throughout the upper elevations.  Also, pay attention to direct sun and afternoon warming later in the day.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-12
January 12, 2017 at 8:06

Today, the avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE for elevations above 6,000 feet. Human triggered avalanches are LIKELY on steep, wind drifted slopes, and rocky slopes, especially those facing the north half of the compass. Southern aspects will likely produce loose wet slides as the Sun warms up the snow today.

Below 6,000 feet MODERATE avalanche danger exists and human triggered slides are possible.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-11
January 11, 2017 at 6:59

Today, the avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE for elevations above 6,000 feet. Human triggered avalanches are LIKELY on steep, wind drifted slopes, and rocky slopes, especially those facing the north half of the compass. 

Below 6,000 feet MODERATE avalanche danger exists and human triggered slides are possible.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-10
January 10, 2017 at 6:48

The avalanche danger today is CONSIDERABLE for elevations above 6,000 feet. Human triggered avalanches are LIKELY on steep, wind drifted slopes, especially those facing the north half of the compass. Once triggered, today's avalanches have the potential to break deep/wide, resulting in a dangerous avalanche.

Below 6,000 feet MODERATE avalanche danger exists and human triggered slides are possible.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-09
January 9, 2017 at 6:37

The avalanche danger today is HIGH in elevations above 7,000 feet. Human triggered avalanches are VERY LIKELY on steep, wind drifted slopes, especially those facing the north half of the compass. Once triggered, today's avalanches have the potential to break deep/wide, resulting in a dangerous avalanche.

CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger exists on steep wind drifted slopes at mid elevations and human triggered avalanches are likely.

Below 6,000 feet MODERATE avalanche danger exists and human triggered slides are possible.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-08
January 8, 2017 at 6:07

The avalanche danger is MODERATE at upper and middle elevations. It will be possible to trigger small to medium sized avalanches in exposed, wind-affected terrain. High elevations not sheltered from the winds are the most likely locations to find wind slabs and wind affected snow. Stability is better on slopes sheltered from the wind. At low elevations, avalanches are unlikely and the danger is LOW. Stability will decrease later today and overnight with fresh snowfall and gusty winds.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-07
January 7, 2017 at 6:47

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate on upper elevation slopes today. Small wind slabs exist throughout upper elevation terrain. Watch for wind sculpted/textured areas and firmer pockets of older wind slab or wind board near ridge tops and wind exposed slopes.  Expect additional loading today and tonight as South winds increase accompanying an incoming storm. The Avalanche Danger will be increasing over the next 24 hours with rising temperatures, gusty winds and the potential for significant precipitation in the upper elevations.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-06
January 6, 2017 at 6:41

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate on upper elevation slopes today. Variable winds through the week have created small wind slabs on wind exposed slopes over the last few days. Watch for wind sculpted/textured or pillowed areas and firmer pockets of older windslab near ridge tops and on wind exposed slopes.  Expect additional wind loading today and tonight as mostly South winds begin to increase accompanying the next storm system. 

 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-05
January 5, 2017 at 6:52

The avalanche danger is MODERATE on all slopes over 30 degrees and above 7,000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being possibleBe on the lookout for fresh new wind slabs and older/stiffer wind slabs while traveling in steep, wind drifted slopes, especially those facing the north half of the compass.

Below 7,000 feet, and out of the wind, generally safe avalanche conditions exist and the avalanche danger is LOW

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-04
January 4, 2017 at 6:33

The avalanche danger is MODERATE on all slopes over 30 degrees and above 7,000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being possibleBe on the lookout for fresh new wind slabs and older/stiffer wind slabs while traveling in steep, wind drifted slopes, especially those facing the north half of the compass.

Below 7,000 feet, and out of the wind, generally safe avalanche conditions exist and the avalanche danger is LOW

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-03
January 3, 2017 at 6:26

 

The avalanche danger is MODERATE on all slopes over 30 degrees and above 7,000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being possibleBe on the lookout for fresh new wind slabs and older/stiffer wind slabs while traveling in steep, wind drifted slopes, especially those facing the north half of the compass.

Below 7,000 feet, and out of the wind, generally safe avalanche conditions exist and the avalanche danger is LOW

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-02
January 2, 2017 at 5:58

The avalanche danger is MODERATE on all slopes over 30 degrees and above 7,000 feet due to human triggered avalanches being possibleBe on the lookout for fresh new wind slabs and older/stiffer wind slabs while traveling in steep, wind drifted slopes, especially those facing the north half of the compass.

Below 7,000 feet, and out of the wind, generally safe avalanche conditions exist and the avalanche danger is LOW

 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2017-01-01
January 1, 2017 at 0:20

The Avalanche Hazard is Moderate on upper elevation slopes today.  Gusting and variable winds have created wind slabs on many wind exposed slopes over the last few days. Watch for wind sculpted snow, or stiff pockets of windslab on windward slopes, and drifts or pillows on leeward slopes and smaller terrain features that can catch wind blown snow. Expect additional wind loading over the next couple days with light snow and light South-west winds. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2016-12-31
December 31, 2016 at 6:53

The Avalanche Hazard is Moderate on upper elevation slopes today.  Gusting and variable winds have created areas of wind slab on many wind exposed slopes throughout the last few days. Watch for wind sculpted or stiff pockets of windslab on windward slopes and drifts or pillows on leeward slopes and smaller terrain features that can catch wind blown snow. Expect additional wind loading today with SW gusts in the upper teens to 20 mph range throughout the day.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2016-12-30
December 30, 2016 at 7:00

The Avalanche Hazard is Moderate above 6000 ft today.  Gusting and variable winds have created areas of wind slab on many upper elevation and wind exposed slopes throughout the last few days. Watch for wind sculpted or stiff pockets of snow on windward slopes and drifts or pillows on leeward slopes/smaller terrain features that can catch wind blown snow. Expect additional wind loading today with SW gusts into the upper 20 mph range becoming N later in the day.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2016-12-29
December 29, 2016 at 5:55

The avalanche danger is Considerable today above 6,000 feet. Below 6,000 feet, the avalanche danger is Moderate. Skiers and riders could possibly trigger avalanches in steep, wind loaded terrain.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2016-12-28
December 28, 2016 at 8:41

The avalanche danger is Considerable today above 6,000 feet. Below 6,000 feet, the avalanche danger is Moderate. It is possible for skiers and riders to trigger avalanches in steep, wind loaded terrain.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2016-12-28
December 28, 2016 at 6:43

The avalanche danger is Considerable today above 6,000 feet. Below 6,000 feet, the avalanche danger is Moderate. It is possible for skiers and riders to trigger avalanches in steep, wind loaded terrain.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2016-12-27
December 27, 2016 at 6:45

The avalanche danger will start out MODERATE this morning in elevations over 6,000 feet. However, with snow currently falling and forecasted winds to blow into the 20 and 30 mph range, human caused avalanches will become likely in wind loaded terrain and the avalanche danger will rise to CONSIDERABLE above 7,000 feet by early afternoon. 

Below 6,000 feet generally safe avalanche conditions exist and the danger is LOW.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2016-12-26
December 26, 2016 at 6:10

The avalanche danger is MODERATE today in the upper and mid elevations due to human triggered avalanches being possible. Below 6,000 feet the danger is LOW.  Wind slabs near ridge tops will be the main concern today, but there is also a low probability/high consequence of triggering a persistent slab avalanche in shallow/rocky areas where a layer of faceted snow at the ground has 3 to 5 feet of snow resting above it.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2016-12-25
December 25, 2016 at 6:51

 

Merry Christmas! The avalanche hazard is Moderate today in the upper and mid elevations and low below 6000 feet.  Wind slabs near ridgetops will be the main concern today. The potential for storm slabs up to 12 inches thick exists in steep. upper elevation terrain. There is also a low probability/high consequence possibility of triggering a large avalanche in shallow/rocky areas where a layer of faceted snow at the ground has 3 to 5 feet of snow resting above it.

Click here to see the full advisory for 2016-12-24
December 24, 2016 at 7:15

The avalanche danger is Considerable above 7000 feet today. Gusting and variable winds have created sensitive wind slabs near ridgetops and on the leeward side of smaller terrain features. There is also a low probability/high consequence possibility of triggering a large avalanche in shallow/rocky areas where a layer of faceted snow at the ground has 3 to 5 feet of snow resting above it. The potential for new storm slabs up 10 inches thick exists in steep upper elevation terrain.

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December 24, 2016 at 7:13

The avalanche danger is Considerable above 7000 feet today. Gusting and variable winds have created sensitive wind slabs near ridgetops and on the leeward side of smaller terrain features. There is also a low probability/high consequence possibility of triggering a large avalanche in shallow/rocky areas where a layer of faceted snow at the ground has 3 to 5 feet of snow resting above it. The potential for new storm slabs up 10 inches thick exists in steep upper elevations terrain.

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December 24, 2016 at 7:13

The avalanche danger is Considerable above 7000 feet today. Gusting and variable winds have created sensitive wind slabs near ridgetops and on the leeward side of smaller terrain features. There is also a low probability/high consequence possibility of triggering a large avalanche in shallow/rocky areas where a layer of faceted snow at the ground has 3 to 5 feet of snow resting above it. The potential for new storm slabs up 10 inches thick exists in steep upper elevations terrain.

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December 23, 2016 at 6:55

The avalanche danger is Moderate above 6,000 feet. Below 6,000 feet, the avalanche danger is Low. Watch for wind slabs near ridgetops, and a widespread weak layer of facets near the bottom of the snowpack that has a 3-5 foot slab resting on it. Additional snowfall and wind beginning today and continuing through Christmas Eve will increase the avalanche hazard on upper elevation slopes.

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December 22, 2016 at 7:23

The avalanche danger is Moderate above 6,000 feet. Below 6,000 feet, the avalanche danger is Low. Wind Slabs near ridgetops, and a widespread buried weak layer of facets on a crust near the bottom of the snowpack has a 5 foot slab resting on it.

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December 21, 2016 at 6:50

The avalanche danger is Considerable this morning in wind loaded  Northern aspects above 7,000 feet. Below 7,000 feet, the avalanche danger is Moderate.

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December 20, 2016 at 6:36

The avalanche danger will start out MODERATE this morning in all avalanche terrain over 6,000 feet, but will quickly jump to CONSIDERABLE above 7,000 feet due to the incoming snow and strong winds. Once the snow starts to accumulate human avalanches will be likely in wind loaded terrain above 7,000 feet.

Below 6,000 feet the avalanche danger will be LOW.

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December 19, 2016 at 5:25

The avalanche danger today is MODERATE on all avalanche terrain above 6,000 feet, human triggered avalanches are possible. Wind slabs can be found near ridges and mid slope on upper elevation, wind affected terrain.  Additionally, it may be possible to trigger avalanches up to 1.5 feet deep on steep, wind protected slopes at the interface between the old snow and the newer snow from our last storm event.

Below 6,000 generally safe avalanche conditions exist.

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December 18, 2016 at 6:07

The avalanche danger today is MODERATE on all upper and mid elevation slopes. Wind slabs can be found near ridges and mid slope on upper elevation, wind affected terrain.  Additionally, it may be possible to trigger avalanches up to 1.5 feet deep on steep, wind protected slopes at the interface between the old snow and the newer snow from our last storm event.

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December 17, 2016 at 6:40

The Avalanche hazard today is Moderate.  Wind Slabs near ridge tops and areas of crossloading lower down on exposed slopes will be encountered across the compass today due to moderate but steady North winds throughout the day yesterday.  Additionally, it may be possible to trigger avalanches up to 1.5 feet deep on steep, wind protected slopes at the interface between the old snow and the newer snow from our last storm event.

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December 16, 2016 at 6:56

The Avalanche Hazard today is Considerable on upper elevation slopes.  The combination of over a foot of new, heavy snow falling on light density snow below and strong winds accompanying the storm Wednesday night have created a cohesive storm slab and a significant new load on leeward slopes. In addition, persistent weak layers are present in some of our sheltered, northerly terrain from early season storms.

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December 15, 2016 at 6:18

Today the avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE on mid and upper elevation terrain. Human triggered avalanches are LIKELY and natural avalanches are possible on all slopes over 30 degrees. If todays forecasted winds of up to 45 mph come to fruition, the avalanche danger could jump to HIGH on all wind loaded terrain in the upper elevations of the advisory area.

If triggered, an avalanche today could step down into snow from previous storms causing a much larger avalanche. 

 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2016-12-10
December 10, 2016 at 7:18

NO RATING is given for the West Central Mountains due to limited observations prior to the current storm.  Based on the new snow and rising temperatures, you should be wary of the bond between the new snow and the old, light density snow if you are approaching avalanche terrain over the next few days. We will begin issuing danger ratings next week. Please let us know what you are seeing if you are out in the mountains.

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December 5, 2016 at 14:36

Snow is slowly accumulating through the West Central area, the snowpack doubled in some areas with recent and wind deposited snow over the weekend. We are not issuing advisories yet but please let us know what you are seeing if you get out in the mountains. Check out our education page for a list of upcoming classes.

 

 

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April 1, 2016 at 2:59

 

Today the avalanche danger will start out LOW in the morning and climb to MODERATE by early afternoon when the thin frozen crust melts. Warm temps and full sunshine will make human triggered wet avalanches possible on slopes over 30 degrees above 6,000 feet on all but the shadiest of aspects. Below 6,000 the danger will remain LOW throughout the day on all but the very steep, saturated slopes. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2016-03-26
March 26, 2016 at 6:56

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate on upper elevation windloaded or crossloaded slopes.  Human triggered wind slabs are likely however in steep, northerly and east facing terrain where new wind slabs formed Thursday and Friday. Expect to find new wind slabs that will be reactive to the weight of a skier or snowmobile ranging in depth from a few inches to a foot or more.  Slopes that were protected from the winds will have better stability and Low danger. 

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March 26, 2016 at 6:56

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate on upper elevation windloaded or crossloaded slopes.  Human triggered wind slabs are likely however in steep, northerly and east facing terrain where new wind slabs formed Thursday and Friday. Expect to find new wind slabs that will be reactive to the weight of a skier or snowmobile ranging in depth from a few inches to a foot or more.  Slopes that were protected from the winds will have better stability and Low danger. 

Click here to see the full advisory for 2016-03-25
March 25, 2016 at 7:25

The Avalanche Danger is Considerable on steep, windloaded, northerly terrain today.  Strong winds out of the W/SW were easily transporting the new snow into the northern aspects yesterday and last night.  Expect to find new windslabs that will be reactive to the weight of a skier or snowmobile ranging in depth from a few inches up to a foot or more. The Avalanche Danger on non windloaded upper elevation slopes is Moderate, Low elevation slopes have Low Danger today.

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March 25, 2016 at 7:24

The Avalanche Danger is Considerable on steep, windloaded, northerly terrain today.  Strong winds out of the W/SW were easily transporting the new snow into the northern aspects yesterday and last night.  Expect to find new windslabs that will be reactive to the weight of a skier or snowmobile ranging in depth from a few inches up to a foot or more. The Avalanche Danger on non windloaded upper elevation slopes is Moderate, Low elevation slopes have Low Danger today.

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March 24, 2016 at 7:09

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate today.  Yesterday's temperatures and clear skies produced small loose, wet and loose, dry avalanches on multiple aspects in the new snow.  Lower temperatures and cloudy skies should lessen the chance of loose avalanches except on steep, shady slopes. Lingering windslabs on leeward, upper elevation Northerly slopes may still produce human caused avalanches in isolated, windloaded areas. SW winds and additional snowfall will change conditions as the day progresses.

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March 23, 2016 at 7:10

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate today above 6000 feet. 8-13 inches of new snow fell over the last 48 hours on a variety of old snow surfaces including crusts and faceted snow. Heavy accumulations of Grauple have accumulated with the new snow. Watch for soft wind slabs in the upper elevations and plan for small fast moving loose, dry avalanches on all slopes over 35 degrees.

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March 22, 2016 at 6:22

The avalanche danger today is MODERATE above 6,000 feet. New snow combined with increasing winds out of the west-northwest will increase the avalanche danger throughout the day above 7,000 feet on the east half of the compass. Be sure to evaluate and reevaluate your terrain decisions through the day as the snow and winds increase. Below 6,000 feet the danger is LOW due to freezing overnight temperatures starting to 'lock up' surface snow.

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March 21, 2016 at 6:39

The avalanche danger today is MODERATE on all slopes and elevations. Warm temperatures over the weekend, lack of overnight freezing, and light rain will make human caused avalanches possible. At the highest elevations, where warm temperatures and rain did not affect the snowpack, new and old wind slabs still exist and will need to be avoided.

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March 20, 2016 at 6:35

 

The Avalanche Danger today is Moderate throughout the West Central Mountains.  Daytime temperatures near 50 degrees again today will make the possibility of small, loose avalanches on steep, sunny slopes increase as the snowpack begins to warm.  Skiers or snowmobilers may also be able to trigger lingering wind slabs on steep windloaded northerly terrain. Below 6000 feet, the danger is Low do to less new snow during the last storm cycle. 

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March 19, 2016 at 7:00

The Avalanche Danger today is Moderate throughout the West Central Mountains.  Daytime temperatures near 50 degrees will make the possibility of loose avalanches on steep, sunny slopes increase as the snowpack begins to warm.  Skiers or snowmobilers may also be able to trigger some remaining wind slabs on steep windloaded northerly terrain. Below 6000 feet, the danger is Low do to less new snow during the last storm cycle. 

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March 18, 2016 at 6:37

The avalanche danger for today is MODERATE above 6,000 due to human triggered avalanches being possible. The areas of extra concern today are northwest through east facing aspects that have windslabs and cornices that developed last weekend. Secondly, as the sun heats up the snow surface today any solar aspects will have potential for loose wet avalanches. Below 6,000 feet the avalanche danger is LOW.

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March 17, 2016 at 6:52

The Avalanche Danger today is Moderate.  On steep, Northerly aspects it is possible you may encounter isolated and sensitive windslabs near ridgelines or on smaller features that caught last weekend's windblown snow.  Warming temperatures yesterday began to settle and densifiy the 12-18 inches of new snow giving it more cohesive/slab like properties in some areas.  Pay attention to daytime warming and the effect of the sun today;  loose/wet and wet slab avalanches will become more likely on sunny aspects.

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March 16, 2016 at 7:15

The Avalanche Danger is MODERATE today.  Areas of  highest concern will be on upper elevation, windloaded E, NE, N, and NW slopes where it remains possible for skiers and riders to trigger dense windslabs in steep, exposed terrain. In wind protected terrain soft storm slabs and loose dry avalanches will be your main concern.Human triggered avalanches will be possible on slopes over 35 degrees. Pay attention to the effects of daytime warming or direct sun on the new snow today.

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March 15, 2016 at 6:57

The Avalanche Danger is CONSIDERABLE on upper elevation, windloaded slopes today. Skiers and riders are likely to trigger dense windslabs in steep, exposed terrain. In steep, sheltered terrain storm slabs and loose dry avalanches will be your main concern and human triggered avalanches will be possible. At mid elevations the danger is MODERATE and below 6,000' the danger is LOW. 

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March 14, 2016 at 6:17

The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE at elevations above 7,000'. Today skiers and riders are likely to trigger windslabs in steep, exposed terrain. In steep and sheltered terrain storm slabs and loose dry avalanches will be your main concern and human trigger will be likely. At mid elevations the danger is MODERATE and below 6,000' the danger is LOW due to less wind and snow.

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March 13, 2016 at 7:11

Today the avalanche danger is MODERATE above 6,000 feet, and CONSIDERABLE in specific areas above 7,000 feet. Above 7,000 careful snowpack evaluation and conservative decision making will be important today if travelling on the north half of the compass. If wind and snow exceeds the forecasted amount today, the avalanche danger could quickly increase on all aspects above 6,000 feet. Below 6,000 feet the danger is LOW due to overnight temperatures freezing the top of the wet snowpack.

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March 12, 2016 at 7:06

 

The Avalanche Danger is Considerable on windloaded slopes over 35 degrees. A combination of  wet snow and S/SW winds have formed dense windslabs in leeward terrain. Windloaded/crossloaded E, NE, N, NW and W aspects should be approached with caution. These slabs will continue to grow throughout the day with cooling temperatures, additional snowfall and increasing S/SW winds. Steep, wind protected slopes will have Moderate danger from loose/wet and shallow wet slab avalanches until the snowpack refreezes.

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March 11, 2016 at 7:07

The Avalanche Danger is Considerable on slopes over 35 degrees. A combination of slick crusts, wet snow and rain forecasted to 7500 feet will make skier triggered avalanches likely today. Windloaded/crossloaded E, NE, N, NW and W aspects should be approached with caution. These slabs will continue to grow later in the day today with cooling temperatures and increasing S/SW winds. Loose/wet and shallow wet slab avalanches should be anticipated on on all wind protected slopes over 35 degrees today.

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March 10, 2016 at 7:18

The Avalanche Danger is Considerable on slopes over 35 degrees. A combination of slick crusts, wet snow and rain in the lower elevations combined with strong South winds will make skier triggered avalanches likely. Windloaded/crossloaded E, NE, N, NW and W aspects should be approached with caution. These slabs will continue to grow throughout the day today with strong winds continuing tonight. Loose/wet and shallow wet slab avalanches should be anticipated on on all slopes over 35 degrees today.

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March 9, 2016 at 7:05

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate today on slopes over 35 degrees.  A combination of lingering wind slabs and large cornices will require caution on steep E,NE, N and NW slopes. Steep South, East and West facing slopes will see an increase in loose/wet avalanche activity as the temperatures begin to rise today especially if the clouds break and the sun makes even a brief appearance later in the day. Rain overnight and warming temperatures will increase the avalanche hazard tomorrow.

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March 8, 2016 at 6:53

The Avalanche Danger is Moderate today on slopes over 35 degrees , especially upper elevation aspects that had areas of unconsolidated snow,  lingering wind slabs, buried crusts, or heavily corniced ridge lines. Considerable hazard will exist on steep solar aspects as they receive heat from the Sun today. 

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