St. Valentine’s Day Storm Avalanche Warning issued in the Adirondacks

Lake Placid St Valentines Day Snow 2014

Avalanche conditions prevail at elevation and on bird feeders in the Adirondacks.

Although the recent snow has backcounty skiers psyched, we are advised to be aware of the increased risk for avalanches in the Adirondacks.

Unsafe conditions were noted last week and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has just issued the following warning based on today’s snow.

Snowstorm Creates Excellent Skiing Conditions

Increases Risk of Backcountry Avalanches

February 14, 2014

 Plenty of new snow has made for excellent skiing and snowshoeing conditions in the backountry. Skiers planning to ski backcountry glades and slides should be aware of the increase risk in avalanche.

 The recent storm left 10 to 16 inches of new denser powder snow on top of the 2 feet or more of less dense snow already on the ground. Due to the winds from the storm expect wind loading on the leeward side of mountain slopes. Strong temperature gradient snows were already present in the snow pack. Be aware of the risk of avalanches.

Know Before You Go

  • Have a basic knowledge of avalanche risk, prediction, avoidance and rescue.
  • Carry beacons, shovels & probes
  • Check for avalanche conditions before skiing.
  • Obtain your own data. The presence of ski tracks on a slope doesn’t eliminate the risk of avalanche.
  • Remember safe travel techniques.
  • Know how to self-rescue and have a rescue plan.
  • Skiing, snowshoeing and other travel is prohibited on Avalanche Pass Slide. 

There is more information on avalanche awareness and preparedness on the DEC web site at www.dec.ny.gov/public/950.html

  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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