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Forecast for the Moab Area Mountains

Eric Trenbeath
Issued by Eric Trenbeath for
Sunday, October 29, 2023
We're back in the office and are gearing up for the 2023-2024 season! We'll start issuing regular forecasts when conditions warrant. For now, you can stay abreast of current conditions with the real time weather links below. Remember, if there's enough snow to ride, there's enough snow to slide! See you all soon.
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Weather and Snow
General Conditions
5" of new snow was measured at the Gold Basin study plot on the morning of October 29. This is the first measurable snowfall of the season that will likely stick around. Existing snow from earlier storms this month was minimal, and it's the most recent storm snow that we'll be keeping an eye on as a potential basal weak layer.
Conditions prior to the October 29 snowfall.
Conditions after.
Snowpack and Weather Data
Gold Basin Storm Stake (10,000')
Gold Basin SNOTEL site (10,000')
SNOTEL site near Geyser Pass Winter Trailhead (9600')
Wind Station on Pre-Laurel Peak (11,400')
NWS forecast for the La Sal Mountains.
Additional Information
It’s never too early to start thinking about avalanches. Here are 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 other 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 updating the firmware if it is an electric version.
General Announcements
This forecast is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This forecast describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.