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BTNF Winter

Bridger-Teton National Forest officials are reminding forest visitors to be prepared for all possible extremes as wintery weather becomes more common now.  Lost or stranded recreationists, avalanches or sudden storms catching forest visitors unaware, can lead to accidents on what otherwise might be an enjoyable experience on the National Forest and put both the recreationists and their rescuers in danger.  Spokesperson Mary Cernicek says one of the most important things people can do before setting out either in the front-country or back-county is to check the avalanche forecast for the day.  Cernicek says every year, Bridger Teton has several search and rescue events out on the forest because of people who have gotten into trouble – and it’s not just in times where there would be considerable or high avalanche danger.  Cernicek says, “We actually can have avalanches even in low and moderate conditions;  so it’s something you do need to have a little bit of avalanche savvy and beware of your surroundings and check that forecast before you head out  .” Cernicek reminders skiers and snowmobilers to stay out of closed and roped off areas and use the buddy system.  She says it is also a good idea to pick up a map of the area you plan to visit as those maps, such as the Wyoming State Trails Snowmobile maps, often show avalanche prone areas.

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