Avalanche Danger in the Adirondack Backcountry

Adirondack Avalanche Warning Sign

Although it has not been a big year for snowfall, recent storms have created Avalanche danger in the Adirondacks.

Backcountry skiers enjoying the long anticipated recent snowfall triggered an avalanche in the Adirondacks last weekend. As reported by Drew Haas on his Adirondack Backcountry Skiing website, the avalanche occurred on Wright Peak on the new slide created by Hurricane Irene last summer. Fortunately, no one was injured in the slide.

Avalanches are not common in the Adirondack Mountains, but do occur and can be deadly. The Angel Slides on Wright Peak earned their name on February 19, 2000 when a skier was swept to his death in an avalanche. Skiers are advised to respect the Adirondack backcountry and stay updated on current avalanche conditions. Drew’s informative website is an excellent resource for off-piste skiers lucky enough to ski in the Adirondacks.

Wright Peak Irene New Slide

Archangel Irene, the furthest right of Wright Peak's Angel Slides, was created by Hurricane Irene in 2011

Be advised, another winter storm is predicted to strike the Adirondacks in the next 24 hours, so avalanche conditions could get worse.  Even the slides at Whiteface Mountain require avalanche equipment right now.

 

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