Final Avalanche Forecast April 8

With the transition into warmer valley weather, the WAC is finished with our 4-day per week forecasting for the season.  This doesn’t mean we won’t still have avalanches or unstable snow in the mountains.  You’ll still need to use caution while recreating.  Thanks to everyone who supported the WAC this winter, and if you’d like to donate to help support our 501c3 we would greatly appreciate it.  You can donate via PayPal here.

Avalanche Fatality March 6, 2024

At approximately 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 6th, an avalanche accident occurred on the north side of Gunsight Mountain (8342′) in the Elkhorn Mountains near Anthony Lakes.  

We are deeply saddened to announce that Nick Burks passed away due to trauma after triggering an avalanche while backcountry skiing with a friend. Nick was an avalanche forecaster for the Wallowa Avalanche Center.  

You can read the final report our team put together and submitted to the database of avalanche fatalities maintained by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center here.

Special Thanks:  The WAC would like to thank the small group of responders who took action on Wednesday, March 6th after learning that a backcountry skier had been caught in an avalanche on Gunsight Mountain.  If you are one of these members please feel free to reach us

(Photo taken of Nick last spring while skiing in the Wallowas)

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