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FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013, 2:16 P.M.

Storms left avalanche hazard in area mountains

WINTER SPORTS -- "A lot of snow in the past week, and it fell with a lot of wind," warns Kevin Davis in today's weekly advisory from the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center. 

Winds were mainly out of the west so use caution on the easterly aspects, NE through SE.  I found a decent slab over a weak layer of facets on a north aspect in the Selkirks yesterday and I wouldn't have been on any steep and exposed slopes with that under me. 

No shooting cracks or whumphing but if you dig down through the powdery snow you'll hit an ice crust, isolate a column on that and give er a whack and see what happens.  Go or no go?  It'll settle a little bit today but check it again this weekend.  Great conditions out there right now. 

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.