Avalanche Danger is ‘Considerable’
The West Central Montana Avalanche Center has issued a “Considerable” level for avalanche danger in the area.
As of February 4, the level is ’3,’ which translates into ‘Dangerous’ for slopes of 35 degrees or more above 5,000 feet. Even in other areas, according to Steve Karkanen at the Center, there is a likely possibility of human-caused avalanches.
One of the dangers that will be a problem in the coming days and weeks is a layer of hoarfrost crystals (see photo) that will weaken the snowpack as more snow piles on top. The guys at the center explain it and have some eye-opening photos on the site.
This is site you should always check before heading out into the backcountry on skis, snowshoes or snowmobile. The Avalanche Center.
Of course, with all the cold weather, make sure you’re bundled up, too. Have a good time in Montana’s backcountry, but be careful and be prepared.