Forecast for the Abajos Area Mountains

Mark Staples
Issued by Mark Staples on
Monday morning, October 2, 2023
Welcome to the start of the 2023-2024 winter season. Some of the first dusting of snow fell in September, and more snow is falling in some mountains with the start of October.
For now, thanks for checking the forecast and stay tuned. We'll issue updates as conditions warrant with regular forecasts and danger ratings often starting in early December.
PLEASE REMEMBER - Any time there is snow on the ground, it's exciting, and it's avalanche season. Enough snow to ski or ride, means there's enough snow to slide. Of note was a "day of madness" on November 13, 2011. Read more here and listen to the podcast, so that we don't repeat our history.
Learn how to read the forecast here
Special Announcements
Sign up for the 16th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) IN PERSON, November 4th at the Dejoria Center in Kamas, UT. Sign up and get more info HERE.
The Professional Snow and Avalanche Workshop (PROSAW) will be November 6th at the Dejoria Center in Kamas, UT. Sign up and get more info HERE.
Weather and Snow

It's never to early to start thinking about avalanches. A few things to consider doing:
  1. Attend USAW and learn more about avalanches and decision making.
  2. Sign up for an avalanche class.
  3. Take a free online avalanche course the UAC built for Know Before You Go or take other online courses listed on the KBYG website (Develop skills -> Online Learning).
  4. Get your avalanche rescue gear ready for winter. Put fresh batteries in your transceiver and update the firmware. Inspect your shovel and probe. Get your airbag backpack ready by possibly doing a test deployment and update the firmware if it is an electric version.

Stay tuned. We'll be watching each storm and publishing intermittent updates.