Avalanche experts credit low danger to strong snowpack


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Avalanche experts say warm temperatures combined lots of snow early season built a strong snowpack, take into account little new snow and low winds and you get low avalanche danger.

Yet, folks with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center warn low danger doesn't mean no danger.
They say now is the time for folks who want to get into more extreme terrain to do so.  But they'll still have to take precautions since even a small avalanche in such terrain could be deadly.
Plus, they say the snowpack is constantly changing.

"What's interesting now is we're tracking a new, potential problem on the surface of the snow.  These really cold nights and somewhat warm, sunny days are starting to weaken the snow surface.  So, once we get more new snow, that will be a problem," says Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center expert Mark Staples.

Staples says it's important to check conditions every morning before you head out, then adjust your plans to what you find once you get into the field.

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