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.
Southerly winds picked up a bit around 9:00 p.m. last night and have been averaging 15 mph with gusts into the 20's. Mountain temps are currently in the mid 20's. Today look for mostly sunny skies with a few high clouds, breezy SW winds, and temps at 10,000' around 30 degrees. A weak disturbance will bring clouds to the area on Thu-Fri with dry conditions through the weekend.
I had a look around on Saturday, and though conditions remain thin, they are improving. Sunday's storm brought another 8"-10" to the mountains. 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 for any additional snow load. Recently triggered avalanches failed on this weak layer.
Wind, temperature, and humidity on Abajo Peak
Dustin Randall sent in these pics of sled triggered avalanches that occurred on Monday.