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Forecast for the Uintas Area Mountains

Dave Kelly
Issued by Dave Kelly for
Monday, November 27, 2023
The high elevation shady slopes that were holding October and November snow are the places where you could run into an avalanche problem. Steep slopes on the north half of the compass that look smooth and free of rocks will be the most suspect slopes. Dig down to assess if you have weak sugary crystals underneath a thicker slab of new or wind-loaded snow before committing to a slope. Any avalanche that you may trigger could mean a nasty ride through rocky terrain.

We are issuing intermittent snow and weather updates as our 2023-24 season snowpack builds, this update is from 0730AM Monday November 27, 2023.
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Weather and Snow
Over the weekend cold and inverted temperatures were the name of the game. This week look for clearing skies and slightly warming temperatures as the valley inversion continues to build before a storm moves in later this week. You can get an updated weather forecasts twice a day from our partners at the National Weather Service. Another great resource is the weather station tab on the forecast page where you can find weather station data divided by region.
Across upper-elevation shady terrain that was harboring old October and early November snow, you will find weaker faceted grains buried in the bottom foot of the snowpack. These fragile crystals are now buried 1-2’ deep in many locations, and it is possible to trigger an avalanche on this layer.
The best and safest option for riding and turning will be north-facing terrain that isn’t steep enough to avalanche (slopes less than 30° degrees in steepness) or areas that aren't harboring weak faceted snow on the ground. The only way to know is to dig down to the ground to see if you can identify these weak sugary grains with a slab of new or wind-loaded snow on top. Check out T. Scroggin's photo and observation below showing the current snowpack structure along the Mirror Lake Highway.
Recent Avalanches
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General Announcements
Additional Information
  • It’s never too early to start thinking about avalanches. Here are a few things to consider doing:
  • Learn online. We have over 5 hours of free online learning at the Know Before You Go Website
  • Check out the upcoming in-person Know Before You Go events HERE
  • Sign up for an on-snow class
  • Check out the UAC's education progression HERE
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 or getting your canister refilled if it's not electronic

This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done. 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.