Current Avalanche Advisory

Avalanche Problems

Forecaster: Michael Hatch
Issued: 4 months ago (Fri, Apr 15)
BOTTOM LINE: With the addition of 8" to 12" or more of new snow above 8,000' sitting on stout and slick melt/freeze crusts our area mountains are likely to experience a major wet slab and loose wet natural avalanche cycle as temps climb and melt water percolates through the snowpack. With temperatures at upper elevations reaching into the upper 50's and with no solid freeze likely from Saturday onwards the pos...   

WAC News

May Update

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 7:22 AMby Julian Pridmore-Brown

It seems hard to think about summer already. With the loss of Kip, our winter seems cut short. As I write these words, I also think about the future and winters ahead. All of us contribute to WAC in so many different ways, with the ideal that we can make a better, safer future. For us that includes sharing and providing information to manage risk in the mountains. So many of you have contributed to Kip's memorial fund and offered help in many other ways. It's very inspiring to see and keeps us focused on goals ahead. Thank You for all the support! 

Recent weeks have been busy finalizing the accident report. Many of you have asked about it. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) is the national repository for avalanche accident reports. The report can be found by clicking here>>> CAIC Accident Page. The report was prepared by Scott Savage, Director of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, under the direction of the National Avalanche Center. We felt strongly that having an outside set of eyes on the situation would give us the best, most objective report. Scott was assisted by Michael Hatch. Others contributed to the information as well, including supporting photos and diagrams. 



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