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Outdoors blog avalanche forecast archive

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016

Snowskaters on the slopes at Silver Mountain Resort in February 2015. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Silver Mountain to open ski lifts Friday

WINTERSPORTS -- After a soft holiday weekend opening for snow tubing, scenic rides and skiing and boarding on the beginner hill, Silver Mountain Resort plans to crank up more lifts on Friday. The resort plans to operate Chair 1, 2 and the beginner conveyer lift....

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MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2014

FRIDAY, NOV. 15, 2013

Avalanche courses available at Schweitzer

WINTER SPORTS -- The snow has barely piled up in the mountains and the first avalanche accidents of the year are being reported in the West. Be prepared. Two levels of avalanche courses are being offered in the next few months at Schweitzer Mountain Resort...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013

Avalanche reporters find slushy conditions

WINTER SPORTS -- "We had it going on for a while, the melt-freeze I mean," said Kevin Davis in today Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center weekly forecast. "Last weekend the conditions were great and if you could have had this week off you would have been...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 2013

Avalanche forecast: Slopes stable, but watch for changes

WINTER SPORTS -- Backcountry snowgoers have been finding great conditions here and there, an reasonably safe slopes. "Look for sheltered areas to have the lightest surface snow," says Kevin Davis in today's avalanche conditions report from the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center. "Exposed slopes were firm...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2013

FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2013

Avalanche conditions changing with weather 

WINTER SPORTS - Weather is causing changes in snow stability that backcountry skiiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers should be aware of when traveling in the mountains today and this weekend, according to the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center's weekly report on mountain snow conditions. "On easterly aspects...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013

Avalanche film romances the fury

WINTER SPORTS -- This film, "Ode to Avalanche," will be awesome to some winter recreationists and frightening to others. Either way, I hope it at least prompts you to check in with a regional avalanche forecast -- such as the weekly bulletin by the Idaho...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

SATURDAY, NOV. 19, 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011



FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

Weekly avalanche advisory: New snow, mixed conditions

WINTER SPORTS -- Snow continues to fall in the high country, creating a mix of conditions and for backcountry travelers, according to the weekly avalanche advisory just posted by the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center. Generally, avalanche conditions are MODERATE in the region with CONSIDERABLE avalanche...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

Avalanche advisory: Layered snowpack a concern

WINTER SPORTS -- Warmer days followed by cool nights and continued snowfall are creating a stew of conditions for backcountry winter travlers to consider, says Kevin Davis from the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center in Sandpoint. Generally, the weekly avalanche advisory posted this morning rates avalanche...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

Summit of Scotchman Peak northeast of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho. (Jake Ostman )

Avalanche advisory: now is safer than later

WINTER SPORTS -- The Inland Northwest avalanche advisory issued this morning notes that snow that accumulated in the cold temperatures of recent storm is light enough to warrant only "considerable" avalanche danger in many (not all) areas. But a change is expected around Sunday. The...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011

MONDAY, FEB. 7, 2011

Sandpoint avalanche clinic for all snowgoers

WINTER SPORTS -- A free avalanche workshop for all snowgoers is set for Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the Forest Service Building in Sandpoint. The topic to be tackled by the team of Forest Service technicians at the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center: "What we can learn...

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