Logan Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Toby Weed


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The overall danger is level 3 or Considerable in the backcountry around Logan, and dangerous avalanche conditions exist on drifted slopes and in exposed terrain. Avoid steep slopes with significant recent deposits of drifted snow where you are likely to trigger wind slab and perhaps more dangerous hard slab avalanches. Avoid cornices along the ridge lines, which could break further back than expected. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route finding, and conservative decision making are essential today.


The Tony Grove Snotel at 8400' reports 7 degrees and 6 inches of new snow containing 6/10ths of an inch of water in the last 24 hours. I'm reading 96 inches of total snow on the ground, containing 144% of normal water content for the date. We found nice shallow powder riding conditions in sheltered terrain and a variety of scoured crusts and wind damaged or drifted snow in exposed terrain yesterday. All this will be obscured by a few inches of fresh snow from overnight.


We received several reports of people unintentionally triggering and of a few caught and carried by wind slab avalanches in the Central Wasatch Range in the last few days. Some injuries have also been mentioned, and we've posted information about Saturday's Mt. Aire accident ...

Locally: yesterday afternoon, we remote triggered a fairly large hard slab avalanche from around 40 feet away on our way down the lower Steam Mill/White Pine ridge. The avalanche included a fair amount of freshly drifted snow but it also stepped down into old snow well below the thick and solid MLK rain-crust, running on the surface hoar/ facet layer that was buried and preserved a month ago on 1/8..

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      Over the next 24 hours.

You're likely to encounter significant recently formed wind slabs around two feet deep in exposed terrain today. Strong west winds yesterday swung around from the north overnight and may develop a bit of an easterly component today as the low pressure system pushes off to the southeast... You could find dangerous wind slabs on slopes facing almost any direction, but lee east and southeast facing slopes picked up substantial wind loads and deep stiff drifts yesterday. Last night's snow may have hidden obvious drifts under a bit of powder. Watch for and avoid wind drifts on steep slopes off the lee sides of ridges and sub-ridges and in the trees. Be wary of other places where the sustained winds could deposit the snow, like under cliff bands, around rock outcroppings, along gully walls, or in scoops or depressions. Wind slabs will form downwind of open flats, at the bottom of open slopes and on the peripheries of large meadows where the wind can pick up and carry snow. Remember that continued significant wind drifting and cracking are red flags indicating the potential for wind slab type activity.


      Over the next 24 hours.

The new significant load on drifted slopes may activated or reactivate buried persistent weak layers consisting of surface hoar or sugary faceted snow. The avalanche we remote triggered yesterday is proof of the pudding, and the serpent is still lurking in places. Dangerous and destructive hard slab avalanches involving old snow and in the 2 to 4+ foot-deep range are quite possible on slopes with significant recent loading. There may be no warning signs, but collapsing is a major red flag. You might trigger this type of avalanche remotely or from a distance, hopefully not from below....


      Over the next 24 hours.

Cornices could break further back and be larger than expected. Not a good time to be messing around with the big ones....


The system is departing the region leaving us in a cold north flow. We could see a few more snowflakes late tomorrow as the final trailing cold front brushes by the region... We'll be under the stagnate influence of a high pressure system in the later part of the week with gradually warming fair weather in the mountains and building inversions in the valleys a good bet.


You can view a photo summary of last year's avalanche activity in the Logan Area HERE

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