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DEC issues High Peaks avalanche warning

DEC issues High Peaks avalanche warning

Recent snow accumulation and an expected uptick in temperatures has increased the risk of avalanches
DEC issues High Peaks avalanche warning
A DEC Forest Ranger hikes through three-foot-deep snow on Algonquin Peak
Photographer: NYSDEC

State officials warned hikers and skiers Friday of an increased avalanche risk in the Adirondack High Peaks region. 

Recent snow accumulation -- between 18 and 26 inches in the Adirondacks -- and an expected uptick in temperatures has increased the risk of avalanches near backcountry slides and other steep terrain, the Department of Environmental Conservation warned Friday.

"We are cautioning anyone planning to traverse backcountry slides and other avalanche-prone terrain in the High Peaks to be extremely careful and be prepared for avalanche conditions," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a prepared statement.

While mountains in the western United State's are more prone to avalanches, avalanches can occur in New York, the DEC said. One person was killed and five were injured while skiing on Wright Peak in February of 2000, according to the state's press release.

The DEC offered the following advice:

  • Stay on trails.
  • Never travel alone.
  • Ski and travel near trees, not the center of a slide or open area.
  • Never ski, board or climb with someone above or below you.
  • Let someone know where you are going.
  • Make sure everyone in a travel party is familiar with avalanche rescue techniques.

 

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