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MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2014

Avalanche eduation scholarship will honor Sandpoint man

WINTER SPORTS -- Friends of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center are sponsoring an avalanche education scholarship in memory of Doug Abromeit, a Sandpoint native who was instrumental in starting the National Avalanche Center. Abromeit died last fall. ” We will send one student a year...

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...

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...

FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013

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...

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

Avalanche forecast: Warm temps prompt caution for snow goers

WINTER SPORTS -- Warm temperatures have softened snow to the tops of the region's mountains this week, according to avalanche forecasters who were out in the Selkirk Mountains Thursday. "It may have tightened up a bit at the higher elevations but it was wet yesterday,...

THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

Avalanche danger ranging to high in area mountains

WINTER SPORTS -- Be careful out there winter snow goers. The warm front with heavy wet snow is creating high avalanche danger in the region's mountains, as you'll see in this National Weather Service warning for the North Cascades issued Wednesday evening. The Idaho Panhandle...

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...

FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2013

Avalanche hazard generally low in area mountains

WINTER SPORTS -- Snow conditions are "mostly stable" in the region's mountains going into the weekend and the weather forecast calls for improving stability from the slight weak layers discussed in this week's avalanche advisory by the Idaho Panhandle Avalance Center.

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...

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...

FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012

Avalanche advisory: snowpack has weak layers

WINTER SPORTS -- Storms helped the region's mountains catch up on precipitation in the past two weeks -- as you can see from powder piled deep in this Selkirk Mountains sunrise photo iPhoned to me this morning by backcountry skier Alison Boggs. But the snowpack...

FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

No surprise: Avalanche danger significant in region’s mountains

WINTER SPORTS -- Today's avalanche advisory from the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center includes a lot of important details for anyone headed out of bounds to enjoy snow the recent storms have heaped on the backcountry. But no one should be surprised at the bottom line:...

TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

Wind, warming changes avalanche conditions in mountains

WINTER SPORTS -- "We just began Chapter II of winter 2011/12," Kevin Davis of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center says in an announcement this afternoon. "This change in weather is introducing a significant load to a weak snowpack. As of the sending of this email...


Avalanche awareness classes scheduled by Idaho Panhandle experts

WINTER SPORTS -- Backcountry travelers are urged to sign up for one of several free avalanche classes being presented by the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center as well as Idaho State Parks and Recreation. While groups can book special avalanche classes -- The Spokane Mountaineers have...

SATURDAY, NOV. 19, 2011

Idaho Panhandle avalanche expert sizes up current conditions

WINTER SPORTS -- The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center will begin issuing regular avalanche advisories on Friday mornings beginning Dec. 16, said Kevin Davis, Forest Service hydro tech in Sandpoint. The center is working on a new website with information that will be available to smartphones....

TUESDAY, FEB. 8, 2011

Avalanche accidents reviewed in Sandpoint on Wednesday

WINTER SPORTS -- Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center technicians will present, "10 Years of Avalanche Accident Review in North Idaho" Wednesday (Feb. 9) at 6 p.m. at the Sandpoint Forest Service Building. The hour-long discussion will focus on common characteristics involved in several fatal avalanche accidents...

Rich Landers

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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. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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