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Avalanche warning issued for Adirondacks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state Department of Environmental
Conservation is warning Adirondack back country visitors to be aware of the danger of avalanches.

Recent snowstorms have brought a significant amount of new snow to the region, and that has created conditions conducive to avalanches -- especially on steep, open slopes.

Two skiers triggered an avalanche on Wright Peak near Lake Placid on Saturday. Neither was injured, but the incident underscores the risk of current conditions.

The DEC says the threat of avalanche typically increases during and immediately after major snowfalls, as well as during thaws.

Back country skiers and climbers should know avalanche rescue
techniques, carry safety equipment including a transceiver and shovel, and never travel alone.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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