‘Higher than normal’ risk for avalanche at Vermont’s higher elevations

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Courtesy Stowe Mountain Rescue

The weekend snow storm that dropped 12-18 inches of anow around the state has created potential for avalanches in Vermont’s higher elevations, including Mt. Mansfield. 

In a pair of Facebook posts, Stowe Mountain Rescue said an unstable snowpack in alpine zones has created dangerous conditions, especially on on steep, windloaded slopes, making for “a higher than normal risk” of avalanche.

Other areas calling for extreme caution are the Smuggler’s Notch gullies, along the closed section of Route 108. The inbound skiing terrain at Smuggler’s Notch Ski Resort is not impacted, Stowe rescue said..

Wherever you are, the rescue team urges skiiers and riders to have proper avalanche equipment and a partner.

“Expert snowpack evaluation and route selection skills will be essential for safe travel in avalanche terrain,” the post said. “On steep, windloaded slopes, skiers and riders are likely to trigger an avalanche and natural avalanches may also occur on steeper slopes.”

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