Avalanche centers remain open during government shutdown

Posted at 5:57 PM, Dec 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-25 19:57:38-05

BOZEMAN – During the partial government shutdown, avalanche centers across the United States have been granted an exception to stay open.

In past shutdowns, the centers have stayed open because they are considered essential for safety. Daily avalanche advisories will still be posted and employees will continue to go into the field to keep everyone up to date on the conditions.

Doug Chabot, director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, said with the current snowpack, it’s important for people to be aware of what’s happening.

“Especially now over the holidays, people from all over the country are coming to southwest Montana, they’re getting out in the backcountry snowmobiling and skiing, and it’s really important for them to get good relevant information about the snow so they can stay safe,” Chabot said.

He wanted to remind everyone to be careful while enjoying the outdoors and to check the avalanche advisory that is posted every day by 7:30 a.m.

-Reported by Emma Hamilton/MTN News