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Outdoors blog avalanche advisory archive


FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

Avalanche advisory: watch out on the steeps

WINTER SPORTS -- "Snowfall continues in the mountains and the riding conditions Thursday were superb," reports Kevin Davis of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center after his North Idaho mountains snow survey. " It was easy to figure out where not to go yesterday with the...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012



Avalanche advisory: Mountains loaded with powder

WINTER SPORTS -- Wonderful deep powder is calling all backcountry snow worshipers today, and the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center is recommending that you go and get after it -- but consider staying on the lower angle slopes! The best snow avalanche technicians found during the...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2012

THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2012

King County Sheriff's officers and other emergency officials work along Highway 2 near Stevens Pass ski resort in Skykomish, Wash., near where three skiers were killed in an avalanche Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. The avalanche swept the three skiers about a quarter-mile down an out-of-bounds canyon at the popular resort. A fourth skier caught up in the slide was saved by a safety device, authorities said.  (Associated Press)

Avalanche survivor: 'We weren't being idiots'

WINTER SPORTS -- Elyse Saugstad, who survived the Stevens Pass-area avalanche that killed three of her skiing companions on Sunday, provided more details about the event in a followup interview with the Anchorage Daily News, her hometown paper so to speak. Click "continue reading" for...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012

A snowboarder rides past debris from a large avalanche on Blackcomb mountain in Whistler, B.C. (Associated Press)

Why should we comment on avalanche tragedy? 

WINTER SPORTS -- Like other commentary's on Sunday's avalanche fatalities in the North Cascades, my column today is getting some people to think and learn. Other readers are reacting emotionally and telling writers and the experts we quote that we have no business analyzing avalanche...

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MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2012

FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2012

Avalanche advisory: storm could prompt changes

WINTER SPORTS -- New snow this week has created good sliding conditions for skiers and snowmobiles. But The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center's weekly advisory cites conditions and areas of concern in the snowpack. "The southerly aspects were a little firmer with suncrusts and shallower snow...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2012

Avalanche advisory: Two weak layers to consider

WINTER SPORTS -- The region's mountain snowpack is stabilizing, but snow-goers must be aware of a couple of weak layers, says Kevin Davis in the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center weekly avalanche advisory issued this morning. Of the two layers of surface hoar, one has been...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

Avalanche advisory: where to go, what to avoid

WINTER SPORTS -- Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center technicians found great riding and sliding conditions in the mountains during their Thursday survey, but they also found areas to avoid, according to the report posted this morning. The snow was lighter on top and firmer down toward...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2011

Following snow covered Forest Service roads snowmobilers gain elevation and access to outstanding off-trail powder, terrain, snow bowls, and scenery. (Craig Hill)

Avalanche advisory: Big transition expected 

WINTER SPORTS -- The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center has offered suggestions for winter backcountry travelers in its weekly advisory posted today. Overall, conditions are fairly safe -- for now! "Be cautious near ridgelines and where wind deposited snow is deeper and possibly firmer overlying a...

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 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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FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

Avalanche danger 'considerable' in many areas

WINTER S PORTS -- The avalanche advisory issued by the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center this morning warns of "considerable" danger on many areas of the Inland Northwest. Avalanche conditions for the Idaho Panhandle National Forest are rated as Considerable on wind loaded aspects above 5000...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 20, 2011

Avalanche workshops for all snowgoers

WINTER SPORTS -- The next free avalanche workshop in Sandpoint for all snowgoers is set for Feb. 9. The topic to be tackled by the team from the Forest Service technicians at the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center: "What we can learn from 10 years of...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 16, 2011

Join the avalanche warning team

WINTER SPORTS -- Anyone winter snow traveler who sees avalanche activity in North Idaho or the adjoining areas of Washington and Montana can boost the safety of other snowgoers by reporting their observations to the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center in Sandpoint. "We would appreciate hearing...

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