The Sawtooth National Forest in the Wood River Valley is at high risk for avalanches right now. The Sawtooth Avalanche Center stated that there is a big risk of human-caused avalanches, so it is best to avoid the area.

Avalanche Danger Remains Considerable

If you go around the avalanche danger zone you are likely to trigger a 1-and-a-half to 3-foot thick avalanche on slopes. The most dangerous area is where the wind has caused drifting snow.

Explanation Of Avalanches

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center presented an entire video explaining how avalanches work and how they are triggered. It is very interesting.

Also being stuck in an avalanche has to be one of my biggest fears of all. If you want to learn more about avalanches, you can follow the Sawtooth Avalanche Center Facebook page where they explain everything from the avalanche dangers to how to survive if you get caught in one.

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