Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Salt Lake Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Thursday - November 26, 2015 - 5:59am
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The majority of the terrain has a LOW avalanche danger today. There is a MODERATE avalanche danger along the ridgetops where spotty wind slabs might release under the weight of a person. Watch for any cracking when you are in the upper elevations which would indicate there may be fresh sensitive drifts present.

current conditions

The mountains received 3 to 6 inches of snow during the passage of a cold front late Wednesday afternoon. Not much more fell overnight. Southwest winds were fairly strong during the snow event but have really tapered off in speed overnight. A few stations are hinting at a slight easterly component. Temperatures dropped into the mid to low teens below 10,000'. Higher stations are in the single digits.

recent activity

No significant avalanche activity was reported from Wednesday. Our snowpack throughout the Wasatch has deteriorated with many areas now holding copious amounts of faceted snow. This is not a huge concern at this time but it is something that we really need to pay attention to when more storms roll through. This faceted snow has the potential to act as a persistent weak layer once it gets buried.

For a few more details, check out our backcountry observations from the Cottonwoods on Wednesday:

Salt Lake 11/25/2015 Observation: Silver Fork Kobernik Staples White Details
Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
over the next 24 hours

If you hunted around enough yesterday, a person could find a recent drift which may crack out. The new snow coupled with some wind may have created a few new drifts as well. For most folks out today, this won't present much problem. If you are monkeying around in steep terrain along the higher ridges, this is the place you might find problems. Buried facets may act as a weak layer under some of these drifts making them a little harder to asses.


We'll see partly to mostly cloudy skies today with a slight chance of snow showers. Light snowfall is more likely later in the afternoon. Easterly winds will increase in speed especially north of I-80. It looks like the speeds should stay fairly in check in the Central Wasatch but I've never met an east wind that I like. High temps today should get into the upper teens to low 20s.

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

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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.