The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is warning skiers and snowboarders of the potential of avalanches in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks due to recent snow storms.
"DEC is cautioning anyone headed to the Adirondack High Peaks region and planning to ski, snowboard, or traverse backcountry slides and other avalanche-prone terrain to be extremely careful and prepare for avalanche conditions,” said Basil Seggos, commissioner of the DEC.
According to the DEC, the risk of an avalanche is higher right after major snowfalls and during thaws from higher temperatures.
About six feet of snow has fallen in the High Peaks over the past two weeks, with more on certain slopes, gullies or other areas where snow deposits. The DEC says the snow has layers formed by rain and freeze/melt cycles, which can add weight and pressure. These are all conditions that could lead to an avalanche.
Anyone out doing recreational snow activities is reminded to stay on trails and away from steep slopes, and avoid traveling alone.