January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month!
Are you hitting the slopes this winter? From sledding and snowman-building to skiing and snowboarding, snow creates opportunities to get outside and enjoy the winter season. Many ski areas in the United States are on located on public lands flush with natural beauty, including more than 122 ski areas operating on National Forest Service lands.
- Wear a helmet. - Become familiar with trail signs and what each symbol represents. - Remember that “Objects are Closer than They Appear.” Stay in control and make sure you have the ability to stop to avoid fellow skiers and snowboarders, trees and other objects. - When using a freestyle terrain course, make a plan for each feature you are going to use, look before you leap, start small and work your way up. - Don’t leave a groomed trail alone. Having a skiing or snowboarding partner will help you in case you become trapped in deep snow. - Know the power of snow. If you’re heading outside of ski-area boundaries, brush up on avalanche safety. Untracked powder snow can turn into a wave of power in seconds, taking out everything in its path. Knowing search and rescue techniques can save your life!
In addition to the safety tips above, brush up on Your Responsibility Code – seven common sense pointers that will help you stay safe and enjoy sharing the slopes with other skiers and snowboarders.
A storm will continue to unleash heavy rain, gusty winds and mountain snow across Northern California into Tuesday.
The risk for severe thunderstorms will ramp up across the Ohio Valley states and lower Great Lakes region to end the week.
Several storm systems will bring rounds of gusty winds and rain to Germany this week.
Blustery showers and strong wind gusts will lead to difficult travel at times this week.
Heavy snow and gusty winds may unfold as a strong storm system sweeps colder air across the central United States late this week.
Tropical Cyclone Alfred will threaten coastal communities around the Gulf of Carpentaria with flooding downpours through early this week.
A stormy weather pattern unfolding across Europe this week will lead to showers and gusty winds sweeping into Germany on a daily basis.
Heavy rain, mountain snow and gusty winds will pound the northwestern United States early this week, with the most significant impacts targeting Northern California.