Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Logan Area Mountains Issued by Toby Weed for Wednesday - December 10, 2014 - 7:02am
bottom line

There's a LOW (level 1) danger and the snow is stable on most slopes in the Logan Zone. Use normal caution, safe travel protocols, and check, carry, and practice regularly with your rescue equipment.

special announcement

Register now for our first on-snow class of the season! Backcountry 101 Avalanche Class. Thursday evening December 11 and all day Saturday December 13. http://utahavalanchecenter.org/classes/backcountry-101-4

current conditions

This morning at the 8400' Tony Grove Snotel it's 36 degrees and there's 34 inches of total snow containing 114% of average water for the date. The 9700' CSI Logan Peak weather station is recording 35 degrees and south-southwest winds, currently averaging 10 mph. The snow surface is weakening or becoming faceted, and surface hoar or frost crystals are growing in abundance on shady slopes at all elevations. The glittering surface snow will likely become a persistent weak layer once buried. The Tony Grove road is not maintained for wheeled travel in the winter!

Lots of snow up high, but a bit rocky down low in the Logan Area Mountains. Beirdneau Ridge from Right Hand Fork (12-7-2014)

recent activity

No recent avalanches to report in the Logan Zone.... Visit our Backcountry Observations Page for details

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
over the next 24 hours

Sluffs, entraining weak surface snow are possible in steep shady terrain, and there may be a few very steep isolated slopes on the highest peaks where one could trigger a hard slab avalanche.

When the danger is low, avalanches are unlikely yet still possible, so continue to use safe travel protocols and carry the essential rescue equipment. Everyone needs to carry a shovel, probe, and transceiver. Be sure your rescue gear is functioning by practicing with it, and when polite invitations don't work, force your partners to join in the fun. You can bury your pack with your transceiver in it and have your partner find, probe, and excavate it. Then get them to do the same for you. Training your team is critical in this game.


It'll be partly cloudy today with high temperatures approaching 50 degrees and continuing light to moderate south winds in the mountains. Similar conditions are expected for tomorrow, with increasing cloudiness and winds in the evening. A splitting storm will hopefully bring some snow to upper elevation terrain Friday night and Saturday, but accumulations in our area don't look to be all that substantial....

Check out our one-stop weather page........HERE

general announcements

Big THANKS to our support and to YOU for coming to our Pray for Snow fundraiser last week.     You made the party a huge success!

You can now receive advisories by email for each region in the state.  Go here for details.

 Get your advisory on your iPhone along with great navigation and rescue tools.......  Utah Avalanche Center mobile app 

Please submit snow and avalanche observations from your ventures in the backcountry HERE. You can call us at 801-524-5304 or email HERE, or include #utavy in your Instagram or Tweet us @UAClogan. To report avalanche activity in the Logan Area or to contact the local avalanche forecaster call me, Toby, at 435-757-7578.  

-I'll regularly update this advisory on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings by about 7:30.   This advisory is produced by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. It describes only general avalanche conditions and local variations always exist.