Avalanche danger’s high

You could see small slab snow slides breaking off the side hills and large snow balls rolling down the mountains while driving Idaho 21 on the way up to the Park N’ Ski areas, northeast of Idaho City, on Feb. 9, signalling high avalanche danger and the need to be careful in the backcountry.

There didn’t seem to be a problem on designated snowmobile and cross-country ski trails in the area, but those venturing off trail and crossing any avalanche terrain should use caution.

I dug a small snow pit on our trek at Gold Fork Park N’ Ski area and found more than a foot of heavy, wet snow on top of the previous crust layer, which is classic for slides.

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center this morning was calling for high avalanche danger.

The snow storms that dumped a foot to 3 feet in the mountains across central Idaho over the weekend definitely gave us the coverage we needed on the slopes and trails, which up until then were still showing grass in places.

Backcountry telemark skiers were smiling and carving turns throughout the Pilot Peak and Mores Creek Summit areas on Feb. 9. Most parking pulloffs were jam packed with the rigs of skiers and snowmobilers. The Mores Creek Summit and Whoop Um Up parking lots were packed, too.

It was definitely a happy snow day in the mountains, but the need to be cautious of the avalanche danger should be foremost in your mind.

For updates on avalanche danger go HERE

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