Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Moab Area Mountains Issued by Eric Trenbeath for Tuesday - April 18, 2017 - 7:49am
special announcement

The Utah Avalanche Center Moab has stopped issuing advisories for the season but that doesn't mean the end of avalanches. This time of year our primary concern shifts to wet slide avalanche activity - both the loose wet variety, as well as occasional wet slab avalanches. Strong sun, warm temperatures, and periods of several days without an overnight refreeze all contribute to wet snow instability. Signs of instability include roller balls, pinwheels, and sloppy, wet or punchy snow. New snow, especially when accompanied by wind, can also bring a return of storm snow or wind slab avalanche problems. Check out the video below for things to look out for in the spring.

The Utah Avalanche Center Moab is a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, and the non-profit Utah Avalanche Center. This program woud not exist without the unwavering support of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, Moab/Monticello District Ranger Mike Diem, and Wilderness, Recreation and Trails Program Manager Brian Murdock, with financial support from Chris Hartman of the Forest Service Intermountain Region. Two thirds of the Utah Avalanche Center funding, along with the awareness and education programs, comes from the non-profit Utah Avalanche Center and we owe a special thanks to Executive Director Paul Diegel, employees Bo Torrey and Trent Meisenheimer, interns Andrew Nessetta, Jake Ward, and Board of Directors Rich Mrazik, Steve Achelis, Libby Ellis, Ted Roxbury, Reid Persing, Dan Gardiner, Kate Bowman, MIke Brehm, and Michael Brill.

I'd also like to thank everyone who sent in observations this season, and give a big shout out to our local community. Without you this wouldn't be possible! And finally a special thanks to volunteer Ed Grote for his continued dedication and invaluable service, both in fund raising, and in providing technical oversight for our remote weather stations. See you all back here next season!

current conditions

Use the weather links below to keep abreast of current conditions.

Winds, temperature and humidity on Pre Laurel Peak (11,700'

Snow totals, temperature and humidity in Gold Basin. (10,000')

Snow totals, temperature and snow/water equivalent at Geyser Pass Trailhead. (9600')


National Weather Service Point forecast for Gold Basin.

general announcements

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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 next season!