Friday, February 26, 1999Heavy snow pack in many of Montana's mountainous areas and greatly varying temperatures have created potentially dangerous snow conditions in many areas of the state. If you plan to be snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing, please check snow and avalanche conditions before you head out.
Avalanche advisory information is available from the U.S. Forest Service in the following areas: northwestern Montana (800) 526-5329; west-central Montana (406) 549-4488; and southwestern Montana (406) 587-6981. Montana avalanche advisories are available on the Internet at http://www.avalanche.org.
Anyone traveling in possible avalanche slide areas should carry with them and know how to use avalanche rescue equipment, including transceivers, probe poles and shovels. Everyone in a group should carry and know how to use transceivers. Numbers of lives have been saved through their use.
Avalanche rescue equipment can be purchased from outdoor sports stores or snowmobile dealerships.