Avalanche conditions develop in the Medicine Bow and Routt Forests

Jan 24, 2012

Officials are reminding winter recreationists that avalanche danger is high on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests. There is an icy base layer and poorly bonded snow pack that make sliding and snow movement more likely.

The Forest Service’s Aaron Voos urges using the buddy system when entering the backcountry and taking precautions to stay safe.

Voos says,“We always recommend that if you head out, you just head prepared. So, know what the weather forecast is going to be, make sure that you have the appropriate gear for your trip, be prepared for extreme conditions, carry some survival items, some safety items.”

Voos also cautions that danger levels will likely remain high through the rest of the season because of the slippery base layer in place now. Maps of areas prone to avalanches can be found online from the Wyoming Trails Association or picked up from any Forest Service office.