Advisory Area

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center advisory provides a Bottom Line, Danger Ratings, Avalanche Problem discussions, and Weather Forecast for 4 different zones within the advisory area. Keep in mind:

  • The advisory regions are approximate.
  • When you are traveling near the boundaries of two zones, factor the information and Danger Rating from both zones into your decision-making.
  • We receive fewer observations from more remote areas. The avalanche advisory applies, but expect variations in conditions and danger levels.

Listed below are brief descriptions of each zone.

Sawtooth Mountains

The Sawtooth Mountains south of Stanley Lake and north of Alturas Lake.

Smoky & Boulder Mountains

The mountains east and west of Highway 75 between Alturas Lake and the North Fork of the Wood River (Sawtooth NRA headquarters), including Galena Summit and the Salmon Headwaters.

Wood River Valley

The mountains east and west of Highway 75 south of the North Fork of the Wood River (Sawtooth NRA Headquarters) and slopes adjacent to the communities of Ketchum, Sun Valley, Hailey and Bellevue. In this zone, avalanches can endanger residents, motorists and non-backcountry recreationists.

Soldier Mountains

The mountains north of Highway 20 and Fairfield.