Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Logan Area Mountains Issued by Toby Weed for Wednesday - December 28, 2016 - 7:12am
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Dangerous avalanche conditions exist on drifted slopes at upper and mid elevations. Triggered persistent slab avalanches are possible on slopes steeper than 30 degrees with buried weak layers. Nice powder conditions and mostly stable snow can be found in lower angled, lower elevation, and sheltered terrain. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision making are essential.

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special announcement

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current conditions

The Tony Grove Snotel at 8400' reports 18 degrees and 2" of new snow overnight. There's now 52" of total snow containing 114% of average SWE for the date. It's 10 degrees at the CSI Logan Peak weather station at 9700', and there is a 15 mph west wind. Breezy conditions will continue today, but the winds have calmed a little compared to yesterday's plume-driving roar. Drifting snow has created dangerous avalanche conditions at upper and mid elevations in exposed terrain, but fine powder riding conditions exist on lower angled slopes and in sheltered areas. South facing slopes at mid and lower elevations have developed a thin sun-crust.

recent activity


12-27-16, Skier triggered avalanche above Paradise

Reported avalanche activity in the Logan Zone:

  • A skier intentionally triggered a sizable avalanche in the mountains above Paradise. The avalanche on a northeast facing slope at around 7900' in elevation failed on weak snow above the December 16 rain-crust. It included all the Christmas snow and was nearly 300' wide.
  • Riders in the Tony Grove Area unintentionally triggered several shallow wind slabs involving drifted new snow.
  • Skiers in the Garden City Bowls Area on Monday triggered a few sensitive soft slabs, 8" to 10" deep and around 50' wide. These occurred on mid-elevation rolls in low angled northeast facing terrain on slopes less than 35 degrees, indicating likely failure on surface hoar. One skier was caught, but managed to ski out of it before being carried.
Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next 24 hours
description

Drifting snow has created dangerous wind slab avalanche conditions in exposed terrain. Slabs up to 2' deep formed on last week's weak snow and will be sensitive to human triggering.

  • Fresh wind slabs are rounded and chalky and produce hollow, drum-like sounds.
  • Avoid drifted snow on the lee side of ridges and in and around terrain features like gullies, scoops, sub-ridges, and cliff-bands.
Avalanche Problem 2
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next 24 hours
description

Some areas have buried weak surface snow made up of surface hoar and/or near surface facets.

  • Weak snow exists above the December 16 rain-crust, and avalanches are now failing on this layer.
  • Avalanches can be remote triggered from a distance or below!
  • Avalanches failing on surface hoar sometimes occur on low angled slopes, and many experienced riders have been fooled by this tendency.
  • Although becoming unlikely with time and increasing snow depth, deep slab avalanches, failing on weak faceted snow or depth hoar near the ground are still possible, especially on drifted upper elevation north facing slopes.
weather

Snow will diminish today (about 1 inch possible), with partial sun this afternoon and 8500' high temperatures in the mid-teens. 20 to 25 mph west winds will continue throughout the day. A high pressure system will build into the area and last through the remainder of the week, allowing the inversion to set up. Hopefully, storminess will push it out early next week.

general announcements

The early season is a great time to practice companion rescue techniques with your partners. Companion Rescue Practice Video


Discount lift tickets for Beaver Mountain, Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, and the Central Wasatch resorts are donated by the resorts to benefit the Utah Avalanche Center. Details and order information here.

Check out Avalanche Canada's "Rescue at Cherry Bowl" story HERE

Between now and Jan 15th: Donate to the Utah Avalanche Center by shopping at Whole Foods Market Utah! When you visit any Utah Whole Foods Market locations, bring your re-usable bags, Whole Foods will donate a dime per bag to the Utah Avalanche Center - if you say DONATE my bag credit.

We will update this advisory regularly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings by about 7:30.

Your information can save lives. If you see anything we should know please help us out by submitting snow and avalanche observations. You can call us at 801-524-5304, email by clicking HERE, or include @utavy in your Instagram. In the Logan Area you can reach me at 435-757-7578

This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always exist.