Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Abajo Area Mountains Issued by Eric Trenbeath for Wednesday - February 7, 2018 - 7:21am
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There is an isolated or MODERATE avalanche danger on steep, upper elevation northerly facing slopes where more than about a 16" of snow can be found overlying weak, sugary snow on the ground. Elsewhere the avalanche danger is generally LOW.

special announcement

Episode 3 of the UAC podcast is live. We talk with UDOT Avalanche Program Supervisor Bill Nalli on how he and his teams keep the Greatest Snow on Earth from avalanching over the open roads and highways of the state. Check it out on ITunes, Stitcher, the UAC blog, or wherever you get your podcasts.

current conditions

The mountains picked up 2-5" of new snow yesterday. Not enough to turn winter around but every little but helps. Kevin Dressel went up and checked it out. Read his findings here.

Wind, temperature and humidity on Abajo Peak (11,000')

Snow totals at Buckboard Flat (8924')

Snow totals at Camp Jackson (8858')

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

Though isolated, a persistent slab danger still exists on steep, NW-N-E facing slopes above about 10,500 feet where more than about 16" of snow can be found on top of weak, sugary, faceted snow at the ground. Kevin Dressler was out again yesterday and reported more collapsing and cracking in the snowpack in these areas - telltale signs of instability.


Today expect sunny skies and warming temperatures into the low 30's at 10,000'. NW winds will be light. We'll be under a mostly dry, northwest flow for the remainder of the week with a hope for change coming by the weekend.

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This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done. This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.