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Avalanche danger remains “high” in west-central Montana

Posted at 11:40 AM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 11:35:01-05

MISSOULA – The avalanche danger remains “high” across the West Central Montana backcountry.

Logan King with the West Central Montana Avalanche Center says that danger on non-wind loaded terrain is considerable and that very dangerous avalanche conditions exist as large avalanches are possible in many areas.

Wind slabs are the primary avalanche concern on Thursday and a skier triggered avalanche was observed in the Bitterroot.

King says in the latest advisory that, “the big take away is wind slabs are wide spread, very sensitive to triggers, and are not something you want to be on, below, or near for that matter.”

The West Central Montana Avalanche Center will be hosting a Beers with Forecasters event from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Big Sky Brewing where local forecasters will discuss avalanche conditions.

There will also be a chance to practice your rescue skills as well in the new beacon park at Big Sky Brewing.

Click here to view the latest avalanche advisory.