The upcoming winter weekend storm in the Adirondacks won’t just make the roads treacherous, but the High Peaks Region will see an increased chance of avalanches. If you’re a hiker, backcountry skier, snowboarder, or snowshoer planning to explore the area, then be aware of the risk of avalanches and what precautions you should take.
DEC Announces Avalanche Advisory for the Adirondacks
In a recent press release, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that outdoor recreational enthusiasts in the Adirondack High Peaks should be prepared for avalanche conditions.
The risk of avalanches increases during and after major snowfalls and thaws, and this weekend, an abundant amount of snow is expected throughout the Adirondacks and Northeast. Avalanches typically occur on steep open terrain, which can be found in the High Peaks Region. However, avalanche-prone terrain is also located on other Adirondack mountains (Snowy Mountain in Hamilton County is one example).
To ensure everyone is ready for these conditions, the DEC released a list of precautions you should follow when traveling in avalanche-prone terrain:
- Stay on trails and avoid steep slopes on summits
- Know the terrain, weather, and snow conditions
- Dig snow pits to conduct stability tests, and 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 a 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