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Snow in the mountains encourages families to get outside after Christmas

Posted at 4:17 PM, Dec 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 09:53:28-05

IDAHO CITY, Idaho — While it rained in Boise this weekend, the snow came down in the mountains, giving families an opportunity to enjoy some fresh powder and some fresh air.

The parking lot on top of Mores Creek Summit was bustling with snowmobiles, backcountry skiers, snowshoers and sledders.

"We decided to hike up the mountains and find some snow to sled with the grandkids," said Susan Bauman. "It has been great. The snow is excellent and lots of people are up here playing with their families. I’m glad we came.”

We also happened to run into Christopher Weltner of the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit as he enjoyed some backcountry skiing.

"It’s rad," said Weltner. "Today was just super fun. When it is snowing, the atmosphere is a lot more enjoyable. It’s quiet and beautiful.”

But people need to know that this is avalanche country and the best way to stay safe is to stay away from steep terrain. Avalanches don't occur on slopes with less than a 30-degree angle.

“If you make those decisions before you leave, that just reduces the possibility that you will be tempted to go somewhere that is dangerous," said Weltner.

If you do go into avalanche terrain it is important to have the right equipment and check the forecast before heading into the backcountry.

People also need to know that once you drive north of Idaho City, there's a good chance of encountering snow-covered roads.

Having a plan, a shovel, and a high clearance vehicle comes in handy in winter conditions.

Here are some more tips from the Boise County Sheriff's Office: