Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Uintas Area Mountains Issued by Craig Gordon for Monday - April 14, 2014 - 6:24am
special announcement

We've wrapped up forecasting for the winter and in a few days I'll have my toes in white sand and blue Caribbean water. However, I couldn't leave without thanking a truly awesome cast of characters. First and foremost is the incredible information we get from Ted Scroggin who is the glue that holds this program together. Ted knows the Uinta's like no other and we are truly grateful to have such a high caliber forecaster on our team.... you rock man! Also, my partners in crime Trent Meisenheimer and Cody Hughes, who devoted a ton of energy to this program and deserve a huge shout out.

Partnerships are huge to the western Uinta advisory program and both the Heber-Kamas and Evanston Ranger Districts are instrumental in supplying field partners and in-kind support. In addition, many thanks to the Park City Powder Cats for all the snow and avalanche information and for the great professional dialog during times of heightened avalanche danger. Also, hi-end, state-of-the-art sleds make all the difference, allowing us to visit more terrain and issue more accurate advisories. We couldn't do this with out the great support from Tri-City Performance and Polaris along with Weller's Recreation and BRP/Ski-doo.

In addition, the National Weather Service helped us maintain a total of six weather stations. Many thanks to Al Martinelli, Greg Wallace, and Larry Dunn for making this happen.

And finally, thanks to all of you who helped support this program by attending our annual fundraisers and classes and by submitting snow and avalanches observations. John Garofalo, Michael Janulaitis, Johnny Adolsphson, and Jason Boyer.... your info was top-notch this year!

current conditions

The Uinta's are phat this year and there's plenty of lines that haven't been this filled in since 2004-05.... get out and get after it!

Click here for current winds, temperatures, and snowfall throughout the range.

Click here for trip reports.

recent activity

Archived avalanche activity is found here.

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next 24 hours
description

When it snows or the winds blow, you can expect a spike in avalanche activity. The good news is.... the new storm snow tends to stabilize rather quickly this time of year. The bad news is.... this year is different and the cold dryspell during January sealed the deal, helping to create and then preserve a very weak layer of sugary snow.


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Avalanche Problem 2
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next hours
description

Wet slides and sluffs are pretty easy to manage. As the day wares on and the snow heats up, like clockwork, wet avalanches will become more widespread on steep, sunny slopes. If you're feeling like an ant under a magnifying glass... so is the snow. During the heat of the day, steer clear of terrain traps like gullies and road cuts, where even a small slide can pile up cement-like debris very deeply.

general announcements

Remember your information can save lives. If you see anything we should know about, please participate in the creation of our own community avalanche advisory by submitting snow and avalanche conditions.   You can call me directly at 801-231-2170, email craig@utahavalanchecenter.org, or email by clicking HERE

This is a great time of year to schedule a free avalanche awareness presentation for your group or club. You can contact me at 801-231-2170 or email craig@utahavalanchecenter.org

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The information in this advisory is from the US Forest Service which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

See you back here when the snow flies!