Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Uintas Area Mountains Issued by Craig Gordon for Saturday - January 31, 2015 - 6:04am
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In general most terrain offers a LOW avalanche danger.

If you're getting into steep, technical terrain, at upper elevations in the wind zone, there may be a fresh wind slab or two that'll be reactive to the weight of a rider.

special announcement


Scientists from the Snow and Avalanche Lab at Montana State University are seeking more participants for their project examining decision making and travel in avalanche terrain. Their project aims to collect GPS location information (from your smartphone) and survey responses from backcountry skiers and riders to better understand what types of terrain are used and how decisions are made. Their focus is on backcountry skiers and riders of all abilities and experience.

For more information: www.montana.edu/snowscience/tracks For snowmobilers: www.montana.edu/snowscience/sleds

We just released an exciting, new avy safety video designed specifically for snowmobilers - Knowledge is Powder. https://vimeo.com/113677686

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current conditions

The storm system churning its way through the southern half of the state actually delivered a little snow overnight. In general, just an inch of snow fell throughout most of the area, though it looks like the southern half of the range might've squeezed out up to 3" from this storm... we'll take what we can get at this point. Winds are light and variable, blowing just 5-10 mph along the high ridges and temperatures are mild, in the low to mid 20's. Amidst the old tracks, shallow snow, and exposed sage, wind sheltered, mid elevation terrain still offers soft settled snow. Click here for real-time temperatures, snowfall, and winds.

recent activity

No new avalanche activity to report

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
over the next 24 hours

Northeast winds are expected to increase as the southern Utah low shifts east. With a couple inches of snow to work with, I suspect you'll find a drift or two sensitive to the additional weight of a person, especially along the leeward side of upper elevation ridges. Today's slabs are easy to detect and avoid... lose a little elevation and they become a non-issue.


A few scattered snow showers linger over the region this morning, but high pressure builds rapidly in the wake of last nights storm. Expect sunny skies by about mid day, though northerly winds will be a nuisance along the high ridges, blowing into the 20's and 30's by late in the day. Temperatures climb into the low 30's and overnight lows dip into the mid 20's. Clear and warm for Sunday, then it looks like a moist northwest flow with a few weak embedded disturbances slide through the area early in the week.

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.

I will update this advisory by 7:00 AM Sunday Feb. 1, 2015.