Posted: Sep 26, 2012 6:08 PM by Dax VanFossen - KAJ News
Updated: Sep 26, 2012 6:14 PM
KALISPELL - The Flathead National Forest Service is launching new website this winter that will give more information on avalanches.
During the winter of 2011 to 2012, 34 people died in U.S. avalanches, including six people in Montana.
The as-yet unnamed website will provide more information than ever about current conditions and warnings for people headed into the backcountry.
Information about training courses and places for feedback will also be available.
Wade Muehlhof, Flathead forest spokesman, said it's because of public demand. "One of them is more advisories. In the past we had done two advisories a week, on Tuesday and Friday. There's really a demand for more of those and so we're going to attempt to have more advisories. We're also going to attempt to have more observations."
Muehlhof said they hope the new changes to the website will act as a one stop shop for people wanting to learn about avalanche conditions.