General Snow and Weather Information

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Monday April 17, 2017 7:30 am by Scott Savage

General Avalanche Information

We are closed for the season. The snowpack within the advisory area currently lacks a widespread, scary weak layer, but avalanches will remain possible during and following spring storms. A few basic points to remember until you put the sleds and boards away for the summer:

-  Spring weather can rapidly alter snow conditions and snow stability. Think minutes and hours rather than days and weeks.
-  Short periods of sunshine can quickly create wet loose avalanche instabilities following storms.
-  Cornices are unusually large this year. Give them a wide berth and don’t loiter beneath them.
-  Complicated, consequential terrain doesn’t get less complex or serious in April and May; respect the mountains, maintain safe travel procedures, and keep your guard up.

We would like to thank the many, many people who make the avalanche center a reality:  the Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, local businesses, the guides and ski patrol workers, and the backcountry skiers and riders. It's a remarkable community effort. Thank you for all your help, your donations, your observations, and your enthusiasm.

We will post our annual report later this month. Weather station data and snowpack and avalanche observations will remain available on the website at


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