Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Uintas Area Mountains Issued by Craig Gordon for Wednesday - December 13, 2017 - 3:19am
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In general the avalanche danger is LOW and human triggered slides are unlikely.

special announcement

Huge thanks to the Park City Professional Ski Patrol for hosting Monday nights avy awareness presentation. Great turnout.... great vibe... and of course, great collective energy.

The information in this advisory expires 24 hours after the date and time posted, but will be updated by 7:00 AM on Saturday Dec. 16th.

current conditions

No change from earlier in the week. Skies are clear with temperatures in the upper 20's and low 30's... a couple degrees warmer than in the City of Salt this morning. North and northwest winds are calm at the trailheads, but along the high ridges, they're blowing 15-25 mph. It's been nearly two weeks since our last storm. Despite the lack of fresh snow, total snow depths are hanging tough, still hovering just around two feet. Getting around the range is slow and travel limited to road rides and grassy meadows.

Above are 24 hour temperatures and snow depth from Trial Lake. We're experiencing a communication issue with some of our wind sites and hope to have those back online soon

Road rides and rock free, grassy meadows are the only game in town.

recent activity

No recent avalanche activity to report.

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

The snowpack, or lack thereof, is comfortable in its own skin. Other than a shallow drift or two along the leeward side of the highest ridges, you'd be pretty hard pressed to trigger an avalanche today and the avalanche danger is generally LOW. As a matter of fact, the chances of slamming into a season enidng rock or stump are greater than triggering a slide.

Looking into the future- there's some junk in our snowpacks trunk and upper elevation, shady slopes facing the north half of the compass have a house of cards snow structure. Eventually winter will return from it's hiatus and things will get tricky. Take advantage of the beautiful weather, get out and about and look at the snow layering to see what we'll be riding on once it does start snowing.

Ted was in Whitney Basin this week and found a snowpack that, while stable right now, is gonna give us heartburn in the future.


There's some hope in sight. Not a big storm, but maybe enough to blow out the valley mank late in the week. In the meantime, a weak weather system brushes by the area late this afternoon through tonight, bringing increasing clouds and a chance of light snow. High pressure returns for Thursday and Friday. The next chance for appreciable snow comes Friday night into Saturday, and although details regarding how much moisture and snow remains uncertain at this time, it appears a few inches of snow are possible.

general announcements

The information in this advisory expires 24 hours after the date and time posted, I'll up date this advisory by 7:00 AM Saturday December 16, 2017.

If you're getting out and about, please let me know what you're seeing especially if you see or trigger and avalanche. I can be reached at craig@utahavalanchecenter.org or 801-231-2170

It's also a good time to set up one of our very popular avalanche awareness classes. Reach out to me and I'll make it happen.

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.