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Avalanche Advisory for Sunday, January 21, 2018

Isolated pockets of wind slab exist in our terrain, though much of the snow surface is very hard and refrozen following the warm-up that occurred late last week. This very hard, icy snow will likely be your primary travel concern today for its potential to allow a long sliding fall. If you did trigger a small wind slab avalanche, it could easily knock you off your feet and cause such a fall. Realize that even those who are highly skilled in steep snow climbing with crampons and ice axe would have little chance of effectively self-arresting to stop this kind of slide. Additionally, melt out of rocks, trees, stream beds, and other hazards in the fall line of steep terrain make a traumatic outcome of a long sliding fall likely.

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