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Forecast for the Moab Area Mountains

Dave Garcia
Issued by Dave Garcia for
Monday, November 20, 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.
Learn how to read the forecast here
Special Announcements
Our 2nd annual Ski Wax/Pray For Snow benefit will be on Saturday, December 9, at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center. It was a real blast last year so mark your calendars. For tickets and information click here
Weather and Snow
General Conditions
Another 4.5" of snow fell on November 19th and 20th at the Gold Basin study plot. There is about 8 inches of settled snow in sheltered, shady areas. Solar aspects are almost bare. There's definitely not enough snow to ski or ride, but the mountains are looking pretty with a fresh coat of white. Our next chance for snow comes Thursday night. Stay tuned for the latest updates.
This photo of Exxon's Folly was taken on 11/20/23
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-Sign up for an avalanche class.
2-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).
3-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.