WINTER SPORTS -- The weekly avalanche forecast posted today by the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center indicates that backcountry winter travelers need to pay close attention to conditions in specific areas.
In the Selkirks from Schweitzer north to Caribou Creek the danger is generally rated as MODERATE for the weekend. However, route selection in the Selkirks is important, experts said. "Last weekend’s wind loading and heavy wind slab on the North and Easterly exposed slopes failed naturally in several areas,' rasiding the danger to CONSIDERABLE in those areas.
St. Regis Basin and Silver Valley showed a MUCH GREATER HAZARD.
The hazard will be HIGH anyhere there's pocktes of big cornices and wind-loaded features.