Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Logan Area Mountains Issued by Toby Weed for Friday - January 30, 2015 - 7:13am
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The snow is stable on most slopes and the overall danger is LOW (level 1) in the backcountry.​ Pockets with heightened avalanche conditions and a Level 2 danger exist on drifted upper elevation slopes, where small triggered wind slab avalanches are possible.

  • Use normal caution, and continue to expose only one person at a time to avalanche risk.
  • Evaluate the snow and terrain carefully at upper elevations, especially in wind exposed areas.

special announcement

The CROWBAR, Logan's own world class ski mountaineering race will be held in an all backcountry venue at Sink Hollow in Logan Canyon, tomorrow Saturday, January 31. For more information and to register go..... HERE

Sign up now for Avalanche Awareness for Snowmobilers with the UAC in Logan, February 5th evening and a field session on Saturday the 7th.

current conditions

While it rained at lower elevations on Tuesday night, it snowed a bit up high, and there's a few inches of new snow above about 7500'. The fresh snow came pretty dense, so we're finding pretty good riding conditions despite widespread crust from the rime and warmth last weekend. It's 28 degrees, and there's 60 inches of total snow at the 8400' Tony Grove Snotel, containing 104% of average water for the date. The UDOT hwy 89 Logan Summit weather station reports 23 degrees this morning and light east winds overnight.

A few inches of new snow freshened up the view and did wonders for the riding conditions. Cherry Peak (1-29-15)

****1-29-15 Video Observation from the Mt. Naomi Wilderness...........HERE

recent activity

No new avalanches were reported recently in the Logan Zone. Visit our Backcountry Observations Page for more local information and from across the state.

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

The snow is stable and avalanches are unlikely on most slopes. The exception today are pockets of heightened conditions in drifted terrain at upper elevations where triggered wind slab avalanches are possible. Stiff wind slabs consisting of Wednesday's snow will be stubborn, but they also might allow you to get out on them before releasing on less dense snow just above the slick 1-24 rime-crust As usual, you should be cautious around terrain features like cliff bands, sub-ridges, and gullies where wind slabs may have formed, and avoid committing to steep drifted slopes with trees or other terrain traps below you.


Expect mostly cloudy weather in the mountains today, with a chance for a few snow showers, fairly light east-northeast wind, and high temperature at 8500' of around 38 degrees. It'll be mostly cloudy tonight with temperatures only dropping to around 25 degrees. It'll be mostly sunny tomorrow with high temperatures of 40 degrees and winds becoming light and variable to calm.

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

general announcements

Special thanks to Buttar's and ArcticCat for hooking us up with the light and powerful M8000.   This machine will make our field days more fun, safe, and productive and will significantly boost our outreach and education efforts.

 ***Check out  our Practicing Companion Rescue video........HERE 

RESEARCH PROJECT ON UNDERSTANDING TRAVEL BEHAVIOR IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN NEEDS YOU!!     Scientists from the Snow and Avalanche Lab at Montana State University are seeking more participants for their project examining decision making and travel in avalanche terrain.   Their project aims to collect GPS location information (from your smartphone) and survey responses from backcountry skiers and riders to better understand what types of terrain are used, and how decisions are made. Their focus is on backcountry skiers and riders of all abilities and experience. 

More information: If you want to participate, or learn more about their project aims, research questions and approaches, please visit their web page: www.montana.edu/snowscience/tracks   or their companion site directed toward snowmobilers at: www.montana.edu/snowscience/sleds


You can now receive advisories by email for the Logan Zone.  Go here for details.

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***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.