Current Avalanche Advisory

Avalanche Problems

Forecaster: Victor McNeil
Updated: 4 days ago (Thu, Mar 23)
BOTTOM LINE: The Wallowa's and Elkhorn's have been transitioning into a springtime snowpack. Primary concerns over the next week include wet loose avalanches, wet slabs, cornices and wind slabs. Avoid sunny aspects >35 degrees if you see signs of the snowpack warming such as pinwheels, roller balls, and point releases. A wet loose avalanche could trigger a wet slab, as melt water has percolated onto old cru...    Read more

WAC News

New Logo and Spring Snowpack Conditions

by Victor McNeil
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 07:48

We are pleased to announce the WAC has a new logo. The new logo was a collaborative effort, and was created based on a vision Kip Rand had for a new design. In the future we are going to offer T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Hats and Pint Glasses with the logo available for purchase or donation. A local NW artist Alexander Basquiat designed the logo. You can check out more of his work here:

Spring Snowpack: The snowpack in the Wallowa’s and Elkhorn’s has been making the transition into a springtime snowpack over the past couple weeks. Temperatures above 7,000’ have been in the 40’s many days and high snow levels have led to rain on snow. As the snowpack becomes saturated by free melt water, or rain,... Read more


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