Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Logan Area Mountains Issued by Toby Weed for Wednesday - February 18, 2015 - 6:25am
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The snow is generally stable, avalanches are unlikely, and the danger is LOW (level 1) in the backcountry.

  • Use normal caution.
  • Continue to practice safe travel protocols. Go one at a time.
  • Carry and practice with your avalanche rescue equipment.

special announcement

Practicing avalanche rescue in debris from a fresh sled-triggered avalanche up at Tony Grove. (2-7-15)

*****Special thanks to Buttar's of Tremonton and ArcticCat for hooking us up with the light and powerful M8000, which is featured in UAC Logan's Practicing Companion Rescue video........HERE

current conditions

The Tony Grove Snotel reports 68 inches of total snow containing 105% of average water for the date, and it's 24 degrees at the 8400' site. The UDOT Hwy 89 Logan Summit weather station reports 17 degrees this morning and 15 to 25 mph northwest wind overnight. Despite the recent mild weather, observers report finding pockets of nice re-crystallized soft snow on due north facing upper elevation slopes. You'll find supportable spring-like snow on most other slopes in the backcountry, softening during the day with direct sun.

recent activity

No avalanches were reported locally since the first week of February.

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 on most slopes and avalanches are unlikely. As always in the mountains, avalanches remain possible in very steep or "extreme" terrain. Other objective hazards to watch for in the mountains today include slide-for-life and rock-fall potential in steep terrain on smooth and solidly refrozen snow.


Expect sunny and fair weather in the mountains again, with high temperatures at 8500' around 40 degrees and a moderate westerly breeze. It'll be mostly clear again tonight, with low temperatures around 28 degrees and west winds increasing slightly. Similar weather is likely tomorrow, only slightly warmer, with increasing clouds and west winds in the teens on the ridge-tops. Snow showers are likely on Friday, and some accumulating snow is possible over the weekend, but the new snow will be measured in inches and centimeters rather than feet. That's okay, even an inch or two will help matters significantly.

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

general announcements

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.