We will be offering a Backcountry 101 avalanche course on Feb 8, 9. It's a great way to up your avalanche knowledge with both classroom, and hands on field instruction. Click here
for more details and to register.
The new UAC IOS mobile app is now available on the app store
. Check out the new "My Weather" feature.
Check out the new free online avalanche course series
developed by the Utah Avalanche Center. This is a great way to refresh your skills or prepare you for a Backcountry 101 or Level 1 class.
Skies are clear, NW winds are light, and 10,000' temps are in the mid teens. It's going to be a beautiful day in the mountains with sunny skies, light winds, and high temps in the low 30's. Sunday's storm delivered 8"-10" of dense, new snow accompanied by strong SW winds. As a result, it's not exactly light, fluffy powder conditions out there. The dense snow is fast and somewhat supportive making for fun skiing and riding on low angle terrain, which is where you want to be considering the avalanche potential. We'll see high pressure building today and tomorrow, interrupted by a weak short wave on Thursday, with a return to dry conditions after that.The Abajo Mountains picked up 8"-10" of new snow yesterday accompanied by moderate to strong SW winds. Winds quieted down overnight but are again on the increase. Today, we'll see some lingering clouds and a chance for snow showers. SW winds will blow in the 20-30 mph range along ridge tops and hight temps will be in the low 20's.
It's going to be a beautiful day up there! Photo courtesy Kevin Dressel webcam.
I had a look around on Saturday, and though conditions remain thin, they are improving and yesterday's storm helped even more. Most concerning to me in my travels was a layer of loose, weak, sugary faceted snow that has been on the ground since October. This layer exists on northerly aspects above about 9500' and is providing an extremely unstable base.
Wind, temperature, and humidity on Abajo Peak