Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Provo Area Mountains Issued by Mark Staples for Monday - November 30, 2015 - 7:00am
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The avalanche danger is MODERATE today at upper elevations due to increased WNW winds where fresh winds slabs are resting on weak, faceted snow. On other slopes without wind drifting, the avalanche danger is LOW and avalanche conditions are generally safe. The biggest hazard remains hitting rocks or logs.

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There is still space in next weekend’s Backcountry 101 for Snowshoers. For a full listing of local avalanche classes, check out our Education Page.

We've posted a re-cap of this fall's Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop with videos of presentations from the public session

current conditions

The area of low pressure that has been parked over Utah for the last few days is moving slowly moving east and shifting winds to the WNW. This morning winds above 10,000 feet had increased to 15-20 mph with temperatures in the single digits F. Snowfall since Thanksgiving has totaled 6-8 inches of low density snow that has generally been untouched by the wind. It won't take much wind to transport this snow this morning.

recent activity

No reports from the backcountry of any avalanches.

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

The snowpack is thin and generally weak. I skied in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Pioneer Peak yesterday (observation). What is needed to have an avalanche problem is a fresh wind slab. Winds increased this morning above 10,000 feet from the WNW and will easily transport the low density snow that has fallen since Thanksgiving. These areas at upper elevations are the only places where unstable snow may be found. Otherwise the main hazard remains thin snow and the danger of hitting rocks, stumps, or deadfall.


The back side of an area of low pressure is overhead today and will produce 15-20 mph winds from the WNW and keep high temperatures from rising above the teens F. The weather will be warming and drying for the next few days. Another storm is forecasted to come late this week, but it doesn't look too promising at this point.

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 also call us at 801-524-5304, email by clicking HERE, or include #utavy in your tweet or Instagram.

To get help in an emergency (to launch a rescue) in the Wasatch, call 911.  Be prepared to give your GPS coordinates or the run name. Dispatchers have a copy of the Wasatch Backcountry Ski map.

If you trigger an avalanche in the backcountry, but no one is hurt and you do not need assistance, please notify the nearest ski area dispatch to avoid a needless response by rescue teams. Thanks.

Salt Lake and Park City – Alta Central (801-742-2033), Canyons Resort/PCMR Dispatch (435)615-1911

Snowbasin Resort Dispatch (801-620-1017), Powder Mountain Dispatch (801-745-3772 x 123).

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Utah Avalanche Center mobile app - Get your advisory on your iPhone along with great navigation and rescue tools.

Wasatch Powderbird Guides Blog/Itinerary for the Day.  

Lost or Found something in the backcountry? - http://nolofo.com/

Ski Utah mobile snow updates

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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 exist.