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Avalanche danger high in some parts of backcountry

Published On: Jan 30 2013 02:49:13 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 11 2013 07:08:09 PM CST

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -

Caribou-Targhee National Forest officials are warning people about the possibility of avalanches in the backcountry.

With the new snow accumulations, avalanche forecast offices said they are concerned that the avalanche potential has increased. Check your local avalanche forecasts before going out, and always remember to evaluate the site-specific snow-pack conditions before you ride or ski a slope or area.

Visitors planning a trip to the mountainous backcountry should contact the nearest avalanche hazard forecast office or visit www.avalanche.org for the latest conditions before leaving. Forest officials remind all visitors that avalanches can be triggered in isolated parts of any forecast area.

Avalanche danger is high on the north end of the forest in the Island Park/West Yellowstone area and low to moderate on the east and southern ranges.

To see more avalanche-related resources and what to do if you are in an avalanche, see http://goo.gl/F9lOj or the link under “Related Content” in the full-site version of this article.

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