Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Provo Area Mountains Issued by Evelyn Lees for Sunday - November 29, 2015 - 6:42am
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The avalanche danger is LOW today. Avalanche conditions are generally safe – however you could trigger a small, old wind drift on a few isolated terrain features. The most likely place would be a steep slope, approaching 35 degrees or steeper, along a ridge line. With our very shallow snow pack, the chance of hitting rocks and logs is a serious issue.

special announcement

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.

current conditions

We’ll spend one more day right in the bulls eye of the broad low pressure system. So once again, winds are variable in direction and just about as calm as they ever get this morning, with averages less than 5 mph, and gusts below 10 mph. Skies are cloudy, and the scattered snow flurries haven’t add up to more than a couple inches in the past 24 hours. Temperatures are in the chilly single digits.

recent activity

No reports from the backcountry of any avalanches.

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

Any time you’re in terrain approaching 35 degrees or steeper, you are in avalanche terrain. While the chances of triggering an avalanche are slim today, it’s certainly not impossible. The most likely scenario would be triggering an old, hard wind drift, sitting on weak snow. If you get one of these drifts moving, it’s likely to break down to the ground on the northwesterly through easterly facing slopes. These drifts will be most common along the high ridge lines, where the winds blew the strongest on Friday. If the winds start picking up late this afternoon, also be alert for and avoid any new wind drifts.


Skies will be partly cloudy today, with occasional snow flurries and almost calm winds. The low-pressure system over the Great Basin will finally move east this afternoon, with the flow becoming northwesterly and increasing. This could produce a few inches of snow late this afternoon through tonight. 10,000’ temperatures will remain in the single digits once again. A gradual drying and warming trend will take place through the week, with another splitting storm expected late 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 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).

Sundance Dispatch (801-223-4150)

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Wasatch Powderbird Guides Blog/Itinerary for the Day.  

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

Ski Utah mobile snow updates

To those skinning uphill at resorts:  it is your responsibility to know the resort policy on uphill travel.  You can see the uphill travel policy for each resort here. IMPORTANT: Before skinning or hiking at a resort under new snow conditions, check in with Ski Patrol.  Resorts can restrict or cut off access if incompatible with control and grooming operations.

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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.