The BWRA will close for the season to motorized use on Monday April 19th.

The Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA) on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's Bridgeport Ranger District will officially closed for the season on Monday, April 19. This closure will remain in effect until the 2021-2022 winter season when the snow depth exceeds the minimum requirement of 24 inches, and a Forest Order is signed and posted as open for snowmobile use.

The Forest closure of the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area to motorized travel occurs every year at the end of April regardless of snow cover. The intent of this action is to reduce user conflicts as snow melts and the California State Route 108 corridor nears opening. This year, the area is closing one week earlier due to current snow depth not meeting the 24-inch requirement.

Snowmobiling is currently still permitted on the north side of State Route 108 in non-wilderness areas of the Forest. United States Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center and Forest Service personnel may be present in the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area for administrative use and law enforcement patrols.

For additional information on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/htnf or participate in the conversation at https://twitter.com/HumboldtToiyabe and https://www.facebook.com/HumboldtToiyabeNF/.

Are you a backcountry skier or snowboarder? We want to hear from you.

 

Our friends at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Montana State University are conducting a survey to learn how winter backcountry use has changed due to Covid 19.   Survey Link 

Free Avalanche Awareness Class
The BAC is providing a free Avalanche Awareness class 3/5/2021 and 3/6/2021

 

Classroom (online/virtual) Session: Friday March 5th 6:00pm- 8:00pm via Google Meet

Field Day: Saturday March 6th 9:00am- 4:00pm at the Bridgeport Winter Rec Area

Friday evening’s online discussion regarding avalanches and snowmobiles is open to anyone interested. Saturday’s field portion will integrate & develop skills to keep you safe in avalanche terrain. Topics include understanding avalanche forecasts, recognizing avalanche terrain, signs of unstable snowpack, good decision making and basic avalanche companion rescue skills.

Participants in the field session must have the below items/skills:

-reliable registered snowmobile

-basic mountain riding skills

-modern avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

-helmet 

 To register or find out more contact:

Joe Soccio at: bridgeportavalanche@gmail.com

You may also register through facebook events, https://www.facebook.com/bridgeportavalanchecenter/

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to Host a Virtual Public Meeting on Feb. 25 for Off-Highway Grant Applications Input
To attend the virtual meeting please use this link on the night of Febuary 25th at 6pm to attend

 

Bridgeport CA, Feb 23, 2021 – The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will hold a virtual publicmeeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, to gather ideas for requesting off-highway vehicle grant funds forBridgeport and Carson Ranger Districts. The Bridgeport Avalanche Center will host this virtual publicmeeting, which begins at 6 p.m. PST. For instructions to attend, please go to:https://www.bridgeportavalanchecenter.org/

The Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts plan to request grant funds from the State of CaliforniaOff-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) to enhance and manage motorizedrecreation in the area. Interested citizens are invited to the virtual meeting and provide ideas forprojects and opportunities that could be incorporated into the grants. Forest Service representativeswill be available to answer questions about the grant process and to receive input for developing thegrants.“In the past, the Forest has used these funds to develop and maintain trails and facilities, repair winterstorm damage, and hire staff to monitor these areas,” said Kim Murcia, Bridgeport Ranger DistrictRecreation Staff Officer. “Grant money has also helped fund the Bridgeport Avalanche Center thatprovides avalanche forecasting for the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area.”Preliminary grant applications will be submitted to the OHMVR Division by Monday, March 1. Thepublic will then be able to comment on the preliminary applications from Tuesday, March 2 toWednesday, May 3. For more information about the state grant process and requirements, visit theOHMVR Division website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.For more information or to submit your ideas, please call Joe Soccio, Bridgeport Ranger District, Off-Highway Vehicle Ranger at 315-406-4365 or email at joseph.soccio@usda.gov.

 

Recent US Avalanche Fatalities

We mentioned this in our previous Snowpack Summary, but it is worth mentioning again. Last week, 15 fatalities occurred nationwide from avalanches. That is the most fatalities in a single week since 1910 when the Wellington avalanche disaster in Washington killed 96 people. This news is heartbreaking to all of us and the impacts are being felt throughout the backcountry community. We send our condolences to the friends and families impacted by these tragic events. 

It is worth remembering that each individual was seeking a fun day in the backcountry just as you or I have. Each individual had a family, friends, and ski partners that now feel a void. You may feel the urge to dismiss these tragedies as something that won’t happen to you. Instead, we urge you to read the accident reports and learn from these incidents. We all make mistakes and can try our best to learn to prevent them. Dangerous avalanche conditions are present across the US and whether you’re recreating around Bridgeport or elsewhere, remember returning home is always the number 1 priority.

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