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Avalanche danger “considerable” in west central Montana

Posted at 10:15 AM, Dec 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-22 12:17:20-05
Avalanche Danger
The avalanche danger remains “considerable” in west-central Montana (photo credit: Western Central Montana Avalanche Center)

MISSOULA – The avalanche danger in the backcountry of west-central Montana has dropped from “high” to “considerable.”

Logan King with the West Central Montana Avalanche Center notes that human triggered avalanches are likely on specific terrain.

King adds in his Saturday update that “dangerous avalanche conditions exist and careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding, and conservative decision making are critical for anyone traveling in the backcountry today.”

Winds slabs are one of the avalanche problems that anyone heading out into the backcountry is likely to encounter on Saturday.

King advises avoiding traveling on or under wind loaded terrain as wind slabs are likely to fail under the weight of a skier or sled.

Click here to read the latest avalanche advisory.