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Good afternoon, this is
Evelyn Lees with the
First, a big thanks everyone
who supported our partner the Friends of the
Also, 15th annual
backcountry gear swap will be at REI this Saturday, November 9th. You can bring in any gear you want to sell on
Thursday or Friday evenings from about to
. Then the swap
opens at on Saturday. The proceeds benefit avalanche forecasting
and avalanche education in
Discussion on the real subject of interest, backcountry snow and avalanche conditions, is regrettably brief. Storms in early and late October have given the shady, upper elevation slopes a thin snowpack. Turns are possible, but generally limited to upper Big and Little Cottonwood, with smooth runs at the closed ski areas your best bet. But take your old rock skies and boards – the shallow, weakening snow provides high odds of hitting rocks, with a corresponding chance for serious injury. Avalanche wise, if there is enough snow to ski or board, there is enough to slide. Currently, there is a chance of triggering one of the isolated shallow wind slabs that are along the highest ridges or a sluff in the weakening snow. With any sort of ride, the danger of injury by hitting a hard object is high, in addition to possible burial.
A series of fast moving
disturbances are forecast to bring snow to the northern
We have several free avalanche awareness talks coming up – the first two are Tuesday, November 12th at at REI and Thursday, November 14th at at the Black Diamond Retail store. For a complete list of evening talks and multi-day classes, visit www.avalanche.org and click on Resources and then Education.
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