Week in Review: Dec 14 - 20, 2018
Our Week in Review highlights significant snowfall, weather, and avalanche events of the previous week. (Click here to review the archived forecasts for the Salt Lake mountains.) The danger roses from Friday December 14 through Thursday December 20: Summary: The week was characterized by several wind events, warm temperatures, and alternating periods of sunshine and clouds. A very small storm mid-week delivered a few inches of dense graupel. Overall increasing stability and the layer of October facets down near the ground on mid and upper elevation northerly aspects becomes …Read more
Week in Review: Dec 7 - 13, 2018.
Our Week in Review highlights significant snowfall, weather, and avalanche events of the previous week. (Click here to review the archived forecasts for the Salt Lake mountains.) Summary: Warm, dry weather early in the week, with a windy storm midweek. The danger roses from Friday December 7 through Thursday December 13: Friday December 7 - Quiet weather and no reports of avalanches. Saturday December 8 - A skier-triggered avalanche in the Ice Box, a steep northwest-facing slope in Porter Fork in Millcreek Canyon. This slide failed on October facets down near the ground, …Read more
Week in Review: Nov 30 - Dec 6
Our Week in Review highlights significant snowfall, weather, and avalanche events of the previous week. (Click here to review the archived forecasts for the Salt Lake mountains.) Summary: Continued snowfall as well as natural and human-triggered avalanches, especially during the first half of the week. Avalanches occurring on aspects facing northwest through east where weak, faceted snow from October has been preserved. However, generally stable conditions reported on southerly aspects which were bare before snowfall began accumulating on Thanksgiving Day. The danger roses from Friday …Read more
Week in Review: Nov 22 - 29, 2018.
This is our first "Week in Review" of the 2018/19 winter season where we highlight significant snowfall, weather, and avalanche events of the previous week. Although we generally focus on the Salt Lake mountains, we will also highlight notable events in other ranges in Utah. We generally post the Week in Review each Friday morning, and have it available for people as they make their weekend plans. [Note - We will likely make changes to the Week in Review as we continue to adjust to the new website.] Summary: Early season snows in October and early November put down a layer of snow that …Read more
Changes to the UAC Forecast Page
This page is a rough draft to describe changes we made to the forecast page. To start we changed the official name from "avalanche advisory" to the more commonly used name of "avalanche forecast". We'll build a better page that tells how to use the forecast, but for now this blog post should capture some of the major changes. The attached PDF document describes the avalanche problems the UAC has adopted from the European Avalanche Warning Services. It describes: New snow Wind-drifted snow Persistent weak layer Wet Snow Gliding …Read more
A History of the Utah Avalanche Center Fall Fundraising Party
Reposted from Utah Adventure Journal, Fall 2018 The World’s Biggest Backcountry Party BY TOM DIEGEL | 09/05/18 On September 13 the tent will once again be raised in the Black Diamond Equipment parking lot to celebrate the 25thedition of the Best Party in Utah: the Utah Avalanche Center’s annual Fall Fundraiser. From its humble beginnings in a house due to a tragic event to a serious hoedown with over a thousand people, the party has a rich history. The Utah Avalanche Center has been an integral part of the backcountry and resort ski/snowboard community …Read more