Staff at Crystal Mountain will be offering demonstrations on how different avalanche transceivers work, and how to use the ski area's Easy Searcher.
The demos will be Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and noon outside the Campbell Basin Lodge.
The Easy Searcher is the area’s free, open-to-the-public, automated avalanche transceiver practice area. You can practice backcountry rescue skills alone or with friends.
• Folks looking to do cross-country skiing are best to stay on the trails. That’s the advice of Ken Guza, an Olympia resident who also is chairman of the state Winter Recreation (Sno-Park) Advisory Committee.
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“There is a lot of skiing on trails, but not off trails because there isn’t much snow,” he said after the committee met earlier this week.
The avalanche danger rating increased a mid-week to considerable above 4,000 feet and was moderate below.
The forecast calls for increasing moderate rain or snow today, decreasing to light showers Saturday. On Sunday, expect moderate to heavy rain or snow in the Olympics and North Cascades and light to moderate precipitation central to south.
Jeffrey P. Mayor, staff writer