DEC warns of avalanche risk in Adirondacks High Peaks

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March 18, 2018 03:43 PM

The DEC is warning winter sportsmen of an avalanche risk in the Adirondacks High Peaks. 

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Recent storms have resulted in a significant amount of new snow and we expect an increase in the number of recreational enthusiasts visiting the High Peaks to snowshoe, cross country ski, or simply enjoy the pristine surroundings. We are cautioning anyone planning to ski, board, or traverse backcountry slides and other avalanche-prone terrain in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks to be extremely careful and be prepared for avalanche conditions."

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DEC advises the following safety precautions:

  • Know the terrain, weather, and snow conditions.
  • Dig multiple snow pits to conduct stability tests - do not rely on other people's data.
  • Practice safe route finding and safe travel techniques.
  • Never ski, board, or climb with someone above or below you - only one person on the slope at a time.
  • Ski and ride near trees - not in the center of slides or other open areas.
  • Always carry shovel, probes, and transceiver with fresh batteries.
  • Ensure all members of the group know avalanche rescue techniques.
  • Never travel alone.
  • Notify someone about where you are going.

Weather advisories for the North Country can be found at the National Weather Service


Alyssa Plock

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