Current Avalanche Advisory

Avalanche Problems

Forecaster: Victor McNeil
Updated: 10 hours ago (Thu, Jan 19)
BOTTOM LINE: Natural avalanches are possible and human triggered avalanches are likely as we head into the weekend. The Northern Wallowa's and Elkhorn's have received around 6" of new snow in the past 24 hours, accompanied by strong winds out of the S-SE-SW. Look for wind loaded and cross-loaded terrain above tree line and avoid stepping out on corniced features. These wind slabs could be up to a foot thick...    Read more

WAC News

Backcountry Festival January 20-22

by Victor McNeil
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 07:38

The Backcountry Festival is set for January 20-22. This is a great event with three days of action packed fun including: Ski Films (La Grande Art Center), Uphill/Downhill race (Anthony Lakes), Avalanche Safety Clinics and a Backcountry Tour Day (Anthony Lakes). On Friday night the event will kick off at the Art Center in La Grande at 7pm. We will be showing ski films from the Winter Wildlands Alliance At the movie showing there will be raffle tickets for sale and a silent auction. There are some killer prizes on the line including: Black Diamond Aspect 176 Ski’s, Da Kine Snowboard Bag, Wallowa Alpine Huts Yurt Trip, Ski Chair, Rafting Trip for two on Grande Ronde from Winding Waters and more… All proceeds go to the... Read more


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