Snowfall and warming conditions are increasing the avalanche danger in the mountains of the Boise National Forest.
Backcountry skiers and snowmobilers need to use caution the next few days and always carry avalanche rescue gear when traveling on or adjacent to steep slopes.
Remote SNOTEL weather stations across the Forest are reporting heavy wet snow with anywhere from ½ inch to nearly 2 inches of water equivalent and over a foot of snow in some locations from Sunday evening and Monday morning’s storm which increases avalanche danger.
Locations that received significant snowfall will pose an increased risk of human triggered avalanches for several days while the new snow settles and bonds with the existing snowpack. Attached is an image of a skier triggered avalanche near Mores Creek Summit from December 21st, 2014.
“Although the Payette Avalanche Center does not forecast specifically for the Boise National Forest, their updates relate to snow conditions within the Forest”, said David Olson, Boise National Forest Public Affairs Officer.
The Payette Avalanche Center web site is: http://payetteavalanche.org/
For more information and a link to the Payette Avalanche and other Avalanche Centers visit the Boise National Forest Web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/boise.