Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Uintas Area Mountains Issued by Craig Gordon for Saturday - February 28, 2015 - 5:09am
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In general the avalanche danger is LOW.

Pockets of MODERATE danger exist along the leeward side of the highest ridges, especially on slopes facing the north half of the compass, where you might find a fresh drift or two sensitive to your additional weight.

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

A break between storm systems allowed skies to clear overnight and temperatures dove into the single digits and low teens. South and southeast winds are generally light at most locations, blowing 15-20 mph along the highest peaks. Recent storms have been delivering a few inches here and there and it's starting to stack up to nearly a foot since midweek. Riding and turning conditions are about as good as they get.

Click here for real-time temperatures, snowfall, and winds.

recent activity

Very manageable... sluffing in the new snow and a few shallow soft slabs on steep, leeward slopes.

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

For the moment, the avalanche danger is manageable, predictable, and pretty straight forward. However, an actual storm system on tap for early in the week could change the landscape. In the meantime here's a few things to consider-

  • With a "go anywhere" supportable base, if you're getting after it and climbing steep, technical terrain, take a moment, think about the consequences of triggering even a small avalanche, and have an exit strategy planned.
  • There could be a fresh wind drift or two sensitive to the weight of a rider along the leeward side of upper elevation ridges. If winds increase the drifts will become more widespread and sensitive. Lose a little elevation and you'll lose the problem.

Bomber snowpack... explains why the danger is generally Low.


Clouds increase throughout the day and snow develops late in the afternoon as we get a little love from the storm that's churning away in southern Utah. Temperatures rise into the low to mid 20's and southerly winds don't get too out of hand, remaining in the 10-25 mph range along the high ridges. A couple inches of snow is expected overnight and storminess lingers into Sunday morning. A more energetic system slides through the region late Monday, delivering a good shot of snow through Wednesday.

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 Mar. 1, 2015.