X Elevation Bands: Upper Elevation refers to the region where wind plays a dominant role in shaping the mountain snowpack. Alpine cirques, bowls, and exposed ridges are examples of this terrain. Trees are very sparse or do not exist at all. This zone receives more snowfall than Middle and Lower Elevations, but the wind can aggressively redistribute the snow and create large expanses of bare rock or ground in the middle of winter. Snowpack depths can vary greatly at Upper Elevations. Lower Elevation terrain includes slopes within a few hundred vertical feet of valley floors in the major drainages. This includes avalanche paths that can block rivers, strike roadways and large glacial lakes, and bury cross country ski trails. This band receives the least snowfall – and the most rain – of the three elevation bands. Middle Elevation terrain receives less snowfall than Upper Elevations, but the snowpack depths vary less due to less wind. Over the course of an average year, avalanches occur most frequently at Upper Elevations and least often in Lower Elevation terrain.
X
Avalanche Danger Rose: this graphic represents an avalanche forecaster's idea of how the avalanche danger exists across the topography in a given region. It is not a map...it is an idea. Picture it as a cone-shaped mountain viewed from above, built of three elevation bands; the outer ring represents low elevations, the middle ring represents middle elevations, and the innermost circle represents high elevations. Each elevation band is divided into sectors that represent the slope aspect (N-NE-E-SE-S-SW-W-NW). Each sector\'s color represents the avalanche danger rating assigned that day (see Avalanche Danger Scale).

In this example, the Avalanche Danger Rose depicts an avalanche danger rating of considerable on all high elevation aspects and on north to west-facing mid elevations; all other sectors possess moderate avalanche danger. The illustration depicts the spatial distribution of this forecast across a landscape.
X Wind Slabs: A relatively cohesive layer that forms when wind deposits snow on the lee side of ridges, gullies, and other terrain features. These slabs may be soft or extremely hard and can take up to a week to stabilize.
X Persistent Slabs: Avalanches that slide on a persistent weak layer such as facets or surface hoar. You can trigger them remotely and they often propagate across and beyond terrain features that would otherwise confine wind and storm slabs. Unstable conditions may linger for weeks.
X
Avalanche Problem Rose: this graphic represents an avalanche forecaster's idea of the distribution of a particular avalanche problem across the topography in a given region. Picture it as a cone-shaped mountain viewed from above, built of three elevation bands; the outer ring represents low elevations, the middle ring represents middle elevations, and the innermost circle represents high elevations. Each elevation band is divided into sectors that represent the slope aspect (N-NE-E-SE-S-SW-W-NW). Sectors colored grey are thought to have the identified avalanche problem while white sectors do not.

In this example, the Avalanche Problem Rose indicates that a particular avalanche concern exists on all high elevation aspects and on north to west-facing mid elevations and that this concern is far less likely to be encountered on other aspects and elevations.
X Chance of Avalanches: This graphic depicts how likely you are to trigger avalanches or encounter natural avalanches while traveling on avalanche prone slopes. Unlikely means that few avalanches could be triggered in avalanche terrain and natural avalanches are not expected. The chance of triggering or observing avalanches increases as we move up the scale. Certain means that humans will be able to trigger avalanches on many slopes, and natural avalanches should be expected.
X Size of Avalanches: This graphic depicts the potential size and destructive force of expected avalanches. Small avalanches are not large enough to bury humans and are relatively harmless unless they carry people over cliffs or through trees or rocks. Moving up the scale, avalanches become large enough to bury, injure, or kill people, large enough to bury or destroy vehicles and break a few trees, and large enough to destroy railway cars, buildings, or a substantial amount of forest. Historic avalanches are massive events capable of destroying villages and gouging or altering the landscape.
X

LOW: Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.

X

MODERATE: Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.

X

CONSIDERABLE: Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential.

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HIGH: Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.

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EXTREME: Avoid all avalanche terrain.

Current Advisory
Monday February 19, 2018 7:30 am by Ben VandenBos

All Zones | Sawtooth Mountains | Smoky & Boulder Mountains | Wood River Valley | Soldier Mountains

Smoky & Boulder Mountains - Bottom Line

The weekend’s storm has tapered but suspect wind slabs remain. Triggering 1-2’ thick slab avalanches is likely today and you should be on the lookout for these sensitive slabs in exposed middle and upper elevation terrain. Cautious route-finding and conservative decision making will help you to avoid this problem.

3. Considerable

Upper Elevation

Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential.

3. Considerable

Middle Elevation

Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential.

2. Moderate

Lower Elevation

Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.

Special Announcement

A skier was killed in an avalanche on Saturday near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. We extend our condolences to everyone affected by this accident.

Primary Avalanche Problem

Wind Slabs

Location

Almost Certain
Very Likely
Likely
Possible
Unlikely

Chance

Historic
Very Large
Large
Small

Size

Winter weather has returned to the area and it’s time to re-adjust your focus a bit. The persistent weak layers that we’ve been dealing with haven’t disappeared but they now have a more immediate problem resting on top of them. 8-15” of snow has fallen since Friday and winds out of the SW/W/NW have been readily transporting this fresh snow and depositing it as slabs. Yesterday, I observed several avalanches in wind loaded terrain along the Smoky crest (photo to right). Skiers near Galena Pass also observed recent avalanches that had failed in both wind loaded and non wind loaded terrain (photo, photo). These fresh slabs are forming on top of a variety of snow surfaces that have the potential to act as weak layers, including facets, facet and crust combinations, and weak mid-storm interfaces.

As you travel in the mountains today, be on the lookout for these slabs near ridgelines, in gullies, beneath cliff bands, and near other terrain features that are exposed to the wind. With light winds and low density snow these slabs may be very subtle and difficult to detect. Fresh cornice growth and active wind-loading are great indicators that sensitive slabs may be found on nearby slopes. Cracks shooting from your boards or machine are the best sign that you’ve found a sensitive slab and it’s time to look for more sheltered slopes to play on.

Additional Discussion: Cold temperatures at the tail end of the storm helped to create some very low density snow. This type of snow makes for great skiing and riding but is also prone to sluffing. As I observed yesterday above the headwaters of the Salmon River, (photo) loose snow avalanches are possible in extreme terrain. These avalanches will be small but will be able to quickly knock you off your feet and carry you through consequential terrain. As they travel down the slope they will also be able to trigger wind slabs.

Secondary Avalanche Problem

Persistent Slabs

Location

Almost Certain
Very Likely
Likely
Possible
Unlikely

Chance

Historic
Very Large
Large
Small

Size

Two months have passed since the weak snow that formed during our December drought was buried. This sugary, faceted snow produced numerous avalanches as it was loaded and has kept public and professional observers alike on their toes in the time since. Triggering an avalanche on this layer is increasingly unlikely with each passing day, but the behavior of this type of weak layer is notoriously difficult to predict. 2-4’ of snow now rest on top of these facets and if you trigger a slide on them it will be very large and destructive. SAC forecasters and other professionals are most concerned in areas where the snowpack is thinner (less than about 4’ deep). These persistent weak layers pose the greatest risk in the mountains west of Highway 75 and near Smiley Creek.

Weather Forecast

Smoky & Boulder Mts

Last Night
5PM - 5AM

Today
5AM - 5PM

Tonight
5PM - 5AM

Temperature

0 F 7 F -13 F

Cloud Cover

Variable Partly Cloudy Increasing

Ridgetop Wind Speed

Moderate Light Light

Wind Direction

NW NW NW

Snowfall

24hr: 1-2" 12hr: 0-1"
0-1" 0-1"

Mountain Weather Summary

Mark Twain nailed the weather yesterday with his classic saying, “if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes.” South of the pass, the day dawned clear and cold and the sun was out for a few hours in the morning before shreds of clouds filtered through the region off and on through the remainder of the day. North of the pass the sky remained cloudy for most of the day, with a just a few hints of sun poking through at times. Flurries of snowfall in the afternoon and evening hours accumulated 1-4” and temperatures gradually cooled from the upper teens and low 20s F down to single digits F by nightfall. Light to moderate winds (strong in the Soldiers) blew out of the W/NW.

Overnight, temperatures cooled a few more degrees to the single digits above and below 0 F and light winds continued to blow out of the NW. It's a little bit behind schedule but it feels like winter has finally decided to make an appearance in our neck of the woods...I’ll take it! Under partly cloudy skies, temperatures will struggle to climb out of the single digits F today and light to moderate winds (moderate to strong in the Soldiers) will blow out of the NW/N. Don’t forget to pack a few extra layers and a thermos of your favorite hot beverage when you leave the house. This morning will be mostly clear for a few hours (south of the pass) before clouds begin working their way into the area around noon. As was the case yesterday, cloud cover will be thicker in the Sawtooths. Snow showers should bring up to an inch of snow by sunset with the possibility for another inch or so after dark. Temperatures will plummet tonight to some of the coldest levels we’ve seen all year, bottoming out in the upper teens below 0 F.

Sawtooth Mountains

Sawtooth Mountains

Last Night
5PM - 5AM

Today
5AM - 5PM

Tonight
5PM - 5AM

Temperature

-1 F 9 F -10 F

Cloud Cover

Obscured Variable Increasing

Ridgetop Wind Speed

Moderate Light Light

Wind Direction

NW NW NE

Snowfall

24hr: 2-4" 12hr: 1-2"
0-1" 0-1"

Smoky & Boulder Mountains

Smoky & Boulder Mts

Last Night
5PM - 5AM

Today
5AM - 5PM

Tonight
5PM - 5AM

Temperature

0 F 7 F -13 F

Cloud Cover

Variable Partly Cloudy Increasing

Ridgetop Wind Speed

Moderate Light Light

Wind Direction

NW NW NW

Snowfall

24hr: 1-2" 12hr: 0-1"
0-1" 0-1"
           

Wood River Valley

WRV Mountains

Last Night
5PM - 5AM

Today
5AM - 5PM

Tonight
5PM - 5AM

Temperature

-7 F 12 F -4 F

Cloud Cover

Variable Partly Cloudy Increasing

Ridgetop Wind Speed

Moderate Light Light

Wind Direction

NW NW N

Snowfall

24hr: 0" 12hr: 0"
Trace" 0-1"
   

Soldier Mountains

Soldier Mountains

Last Night
5PM - 5AM

Today
5AM - 5PM

Tonight
5PM - 5AM

Temperature

-1 F 10 F -3 F

Cloud Cover

Variable Partly Cloudy Increasing

Ridgetop Wind Speed

Strong Moderate Moderate

Wind Direction

NW NW NW

Snowfall

24hr: 0" 12hr: 0"
Trace" 0-1"
           

Observations

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View Date(s) Submitted Observer Zone Location
View Attachment Feb 18, 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Coyote Yurt
Feb 18, 2018 Feb 19, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Central Sawtooths
Feb 17, 2018 Feb 17, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Northern Boulders
Feb 17, 2018 Feb 17, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Titus
Feb 16, 2018 Feb 16, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Baker Lake
Feb 15, 2018 Feb 15, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Smiley Ck
View Attachment Feb 15, 2018 Feb 15, 2018 Pro Smoky & Boulder Mountains Paradise
Feb 12, 2018 Feb 12, 2018 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Braumagan Peak
View Attachment Feb 12, 2018 Feb 12, 2018 Pro Smoky & Boulder Mountains Snowslide, west fork big smokey
Feb 11, 2018 Feb 12, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Southern Sawtooths
View Attachment Feb 11, 2018 Feb 11, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Frenchman Ck with L1 avalanche class
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Feb 11, 2018 Feb 11, 2018 Pro Smoky & Boulder Mountains Paradise, Snowslide (W. Smokeys)
Feb 10, 2018 Feb 10, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Northern Boulders
Feb 9, 2018 Feb 10, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Central Sawtooths
View Attachment Feb 8, 2018 Feb 9, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Central Sawtooths
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Feb 7, 2018 Feb 7, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Baker Ck mainly (also Brodie, Apollo, Norton Cks)
Feb 5, 2018 Feb 5, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Central Boulders
Feb 2, 2018 - Feb 3, 2018 Feb 5, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Central Sawtooths
Feb 4, 2018 Feb 5, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Northern Boulders
Feb 3, 2018 Feb 3, 2018 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Mushroom Ridge
View Attachment View Attachment Feb 2, 2018 Feb 3, 2018 Public other
View Attachment View Attachment Feb 2, 2018 Feb 2, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Salmon River Headwaters
View Attachment Feb 2, 2018 Feb 2, 2018 Pro Smoky & Boulder Mountains Paradise Bucal
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Feb 1, 2018 Feb 2, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Titus
Jan 31, 2018 Feb 1, 2018 SAC Wood River Valley Pioneers
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Jan 31, 2018 Jan 31, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains glassing from HWY 75 Ketchum-Sawtooth overlook
Jan 29, 2018 Jan 31, 2018 Public other Pioneer Yurt
View Attachment Jan 30, 2018 Jan 31, 2018 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Coyote creek
Jan 30, 2018 Jan 30, 2018 Public Sawtooth Mountains driving Hailey to Garden Valley and back
View Attachment View Attachment Jan 30, 2018 Jan 30, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Central Boulders
View Attachment Jan 29, 2018 Jan 29, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Northern Boulders
View Attachment View Attachment Jan 27, 2018 Jan 29, 2018 SAC Soldier Mountains Couch Summit to Skunk Ck
View Attachment View Attachment Jan 29, 2018 Jan 29, 2018 Pro Smoky & Boulder Mountains Trail Creek,
View Attachment View Attachment Jan 26, 2018 Jan 29, 2018 Public Wood River Valley Mine Bender
Jan 28, 2018 Jan 29, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Central Sawtooths
View Attachment View Attachment Jan 27, 2018 Jan 28, 2018 SAC Wood River Valley Warm Springs Ck (Baldy sidecountry)
Jan 28, 2018 Jan 28, 2018 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Cross Mt/Galena Summit
View Attachment Jan 28, 2018 Jan 28, 2018 Pro Smoky & Boulder Mountains Konrad Cr.
Jan 26, 2018 Jan 26, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Senate
Jan 16, 2018 Jan 26, 2018 SAC Soldier Mountains Dollarhide Mt - Carrie Ck
Jan 25, 2018 Jan 25, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Salmon River headwaters
Jan 23, 2018 Jan 24, 2018 Public Sawtooth Mountains West of Banner summit at about 8000 elev on northern aspect
Jan 23, 2018 Jan 23, 2018 Public Soldier Mountains South Fork of Soldier Creek, Peak 2 in the Cat Skiing area
Jan 23, 2018 Jan 23, 2018 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Butterfield
Jan 23, 2018 Jan 23, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Northern Boulders
Jan 21, 2018 Jan 22, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Butterfield
Jan 21, 2018 Jan 21, 2018 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Avalanche Peak
Jan 20, 2018 Jan 21, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Central Sawtooths
View Attachment Jan 20, 2018 Jan 20, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Baker Ck
View Attachment Jan 20, 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Public other East Fork WR, P9283
View Attachment Jan 20, 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Pro Smoky & Boulder Mountains Paradise
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Jan 19, 2018 Jan 19, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains McDonald
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Jan 18, 2018 Jan 18, 2018 Public Banner Summit Up the North side drainage of Copper
Jan 17, 2018 Jan 17, 2018 Public Mores Creek Mores Creek Summit
View Attachment View Attachment Jan 14, 2018 Jan 16, 2018 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains N side of Galena pass above Pole creek
Jan 16, 2018 Jan 16, 2018 Pro Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena pass and heli terrain
Jan 15, 2018 Jan 15, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena Peak
Jan 14, 2018 Jan 15, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Fishhook Creek
View Attachment View Attachment Jan 14, 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Avalanche Peak
View Attachment Jan 14, 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Public Soldier Mountains Soldier Cat Ski Area
View Attachment View Attachment Jan 12, 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Public Banner Summit Copper
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Jan 13, 2018 Jan 13, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Silver & Baker Ck
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Jan 13, 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Public Banner Summit East side of Copper massif
View Attachment View Attachment Jan 13, 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Avalanche Peak east facing
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Jan 12, 2018 Jan 12, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains East shoulder Williams
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Jan 12, 2018 Jan 12, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Spring/Cherry
Jan 12, 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Public Banner Summit West facing slope into creek basin feeding Bull Trout Lake
Jan 11, 2018 Jan 11, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Spring-King Divide
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Jan 10, 2018 Jan 10, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Baker and E Fork Baker
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Jan 10, 2018 Jan 10, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Fishhook Creek -> Thompson Bowl
Jan 9, 2018 Jan 10, 2018 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Baker Lake
Jan 9, 2018 Jan 10, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Mushroom Ridge
View Attachment View Attachment Jan 8, 2018 Jan 8, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Sawtooth Lake
Jan 6, 2018 Jan 8, 2018 Public Sawtooth Mountains Headwaters of Beaver Creek
View Attachment View Attachment Jan 7, 2018 Jan 7, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena Peak
View Attachment View Attachment Jan 7, 2018 Jan 7, 2018 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Mushroom Ridge
Jan 6, 2018 Jan 7, 2018 Public Banner Summit Peak 9220 - Copper Mt Crest
Jan 6, 2018 Jan 6, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Imogene
Jan 5, 2018 Jan 5, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena Peak
Jan 5, 2018 Jan 5, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Baker Ck
View Attachment Jan 3, 2018 Jan 4, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Imogene
Jan 2, 2018 Jan 4, 2018 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Silver Creek
Jan 2, 2018 Jan 3, 2018 Public Mores Creek Sunset Peak
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Jan 1, 2018 Jan 1, 2018 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Upper Fishhook
Jan 1, 2018 Jan 1, 2018 Public Banner Summit banner summit, east and west side of the road
View Attachment View Attachment Jan 1, 2018 Jan 1, 2018 Public Banner Summit Copper mountain ridge
Dec 31, 2017 Jan 1, 2018 Public Mores Creek Pilot Peak - Summit and Lamar Creeks drainages
View Attachment Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2017 Pro Smoky & Boulder Mountains Pinyon, Paradise
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2017 Public Sawtooth Mountains Profile lake basin
View Attachment Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Mushroom Ridge
Dec 30, 2017 Dec 30, 2017 Public Mores Creek The knob - Summit Creek, Pilot Peak
View Attachment View Attachment Dec 30, 2017 Dec 30, 2017 Public Sawtooth Mountains Top of Alturas Creek
View Attachment Dec 30, 2017 Dec 30, 2017 Public Wood River Valley Kelly Mountain
Dec 29, 2017 Dec 29, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Baker Ck and E Fork Baker Ck
Dec 27, 2017 Dec 28, 2017 Public Mores Creek Pilot Peak
Dec 25, 2017 - Dec 25, 2017 Dec 26, 2017 Public Mores Creek Summit Creek - Pilot Peak
Dec 24, 2017 Dec 24, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena Peak
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Dec 23, 2017 Dec 23, 2017 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Williams Peak east shoulder
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Dec 23, 2017 Dec 23, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Frenchman Ck
View Attachment Dec 22, 2017 Dec 22, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Spring-King
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Dec 21, 2017 Dec 22, 2017 SAC Banner Summit Copper Mt
Dec 21, 2017 Dec 21, 2017 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Williams Peak east shoulder
View Attachment Dec 21, 2017 Dec 21, 2017 Pro Smoky & Boulder Mountains Placer, Alpine Gulch, Pinyon, Snowslide, Paradise
View Attachment Dec 20, 2017 Dec 21, 2017 SAC Sawtooth Mountains glassing from HWY 75 Ketchum to Smiley Creek
Dec 20, 2017 Dec 21, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena Peak
Dec 19, 2017 Dec 20, 2017 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Williams Peak
View Attachment Dec 18, 2017 Dec 19, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains N of galena summit, See Snowpilot download
Dec 18, 2017 Dec 19, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Silver Creek
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Dec 18, 2017 Dec 18, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Cross Mt
Dec 17, 2017 Dec 18, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena Peak
View Attachment Dec 17, 2017 Dec 17, 2017 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Bench Wx Station->Triangle
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Dec 16, 2017 Dec 16, 2017 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Yellow Belly Drainage
Dec 14, 2017 Dec 14, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Upper Titus Wx
View Attachment Dec 14, 2017 Dec 14, 2017 Public other East side of south ridge Salzburger Spitzl
Dec 10, 2017 Dec 11, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Mushroom Ridge
Dec 10, 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Public Banner Summit Copper
Dec 10, 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena Peak
View Attachment Dec 10, 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Public other Washington Basin
Dec 8, 2017 Dec 8, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena Peak
View Attachment Dec 8, 2017 Dec 8, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Prairie Ck - Pt 9483
View Attachment Dec 7, 2017 Dec 8, 2017 Public Sawtooth Mountains Elevator shaft. McDonald Peak.
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Dec 6, 2017 Dec 6, 2017 SAC Sawtooth Mountains Profile
Dec 6, 2017 Dec 6, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Senate Peak
View Attachment Dec 2, 2017 - Dec 5, 2017 Dec 6, 2017 Pro Sawtooth Mountains Fishhook and Bench Huts
View Attachment Dec 5, 2017 Dec 5, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains SW ridge Easley Peak
View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment View Attachment Dec 4, 2017 Dec 4, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains SSW ridge Goat Peak
View Attachment Dec 3, 2017 Dec 4, 2017 Public Banner Summit Up the Standard route of Copper SW ridge. Skied off the NW side of the Ridge line .
Dec 3, 2017 Dec 3, 2017 Pro Smoky & Boulder Mountains Mushroom, gladiator summit
View Attachment Dec 3, 2017 Dec 3, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena Peak
View Attachment Dec 3, 2017 Dec 3, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena Summit (The Cross)
View Attachment Dec 2, 2017 Dec 2, 2017 SAC Wood River Valley Big Basin
Dec 1, 2017 Dec 1, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Spring-Cherry
Dec 1, 2017 Dec 1, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Upper Titus Wx Station
Nov 29, 2017 Nov 29, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Avalanche Peak
Nov 28, 2017 Nov 28, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Avy ridge area
View Attachment View Attachment Nov 27, 2017 Nov 27, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Titus Ridge -> Wx Station Pk. -> Titus Cr.
View Attachment Nov 27, 2017 Nov 27, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Avalanche Peak
Nov 26, 2017 Nov 27, 2017 Public Sawtooth Mountains Fisher Creek - viewing the range
View Attachment View Attachment Nov 26, 2017 Nov 26, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena Pk
View Attachment Nov 25, 2017 Nov 25, 2017 Pro Smoky & Boulder Mountains Mushroom Ridge
View Attachment Nov 19, 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Public Banner Summit Copper Tour
Nov 20, 2017 Nov 20, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Titus Ridge
View Attachment Nov 18, 2017 Nov 18, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Eagle Creek
Nov 18, 2017 Nov 18, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Titus lake chutes
Nov 18, 2017 Nov 18, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena, above twin bowls
Nov 13, 2017 Nov 15, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Titus ridge south of weather station
View Attachment Nov 14, 2017 Nov 14, 2017 SAC Banner Summit Copper
View Attachment View Attachment Nov 12, 2017 Nov 13, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena Summit - The Cross
View Attachment Nov 12, 2017 Nov 13, 2017 Public Banner Summit Copper Proper
Nov 4, 2017 Nov 8, 2017 Public Banner Summit Banner Summit
View Attachment View Attachment Nov 7, 2017 Nov 7, 2017 SAC Smoky & Boulder Mountains Lower Titus and Titus Ridge
View Attachment Nov 1, 2017 Nov 2, 2017 Public Sawtooth Mountains Williams Yurt
View Attachment Oct 30, 2017 Nov 2, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Galena Peak
View Attachment Oct 28, 2017 Oct 29, 2017 Public Banner Summit Bull Trout Point
View Attachment View Attachment Oct 5, 2017 Oct 5, 2017 Public Smoky & Boulder Mountains Baker Peak

Avalanche Notes

Here’s a quick summary of January snow totals from a few select sites:
Bench: 50”
Lower Titus: 49”
Baldy: 24.5”
Lower Soldier: 33”

On January 16th, an experienced snowmobiler was caught, carried, and partially buried in an avalanche near Dollarhide Mountain. He triggered a 100’ wide, 12-16” thick slab avalanche on a west-facing slope near 8600’ elevation. The slide released about 100’ above him while he was riding on a road. The avalanche carried the rider an estimated 100’ through treed terrain. Fortunately, he was uninjured. We received vague reports of another possible snowmobile-triggered avalanche just north of the Soldier Mountains on the weekend of January 20th-21st.