Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Logan Area Mountains Issued by Paige Pagnucco for Tuesday - April 3, 2018 - 6:49am
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The avalanche danger is MODERATE as heightened avalanche conditions exist on steep, upper elevation slopes affected by recent strong westerly winds. Avoid steep slopes with freshly wind-drifted snow, especially near ridgelines. Stay well back from cornices as they can break further back than you expect.

At low and mid elevations, the avalanche danger is generally LOW.


I will update this advisory by 7:30 Wednesday morning, 4/4/18.




special announcement

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current conditions

Sustained strong westerly winds were the story yesterday. Despite getting 4-6" of new snow, the snow surface is now very firm on most aspects and elevations as temperatures reverted back to winter and winds blasted the new as well as any remaining loose snow. Riding conditions are supportable though trailhead access is melting out at Tony Grove, Franklin Basin and Beaver Creek. The best option for today is to stay on lower angle, sheltered terrain well below the ridgelines where you'll have the best chance at finding a few inches of softer new snow.

  • The Logan Peak weather station reports 3 F. Tony Grove reports 9 F with 5" new and 71" total snow (82% average SWE).
  • The UDOT weather station at Hwy 89 Logan Summit reports 3°F with calm winds. (Max gust yesterday of 57 mph!)
recent activity

An observer noted significant wet avalanche activity in the Pine Canyon area of the Wellsvilles Sunday. He noted several natural slides and was able as well to trigger several himself. Some of these ran hundreds of vertical feet and piled up quite deeply.

I observed some small, loose wet avalanches on an east facing 8900' slope Sunday in the Steam Mill Peak area.

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next 24 hours
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Yesterday's strong westerly winds combined with new snow have created heightened avalanche conditions on upper elevation slopes, especially along ridgelines and in and around terrain features. Human-triggered wind slabs up to a foot deep are possible on steep, exposed slopes where freshly drifted snow has accumulated. Avoid steep slopes that look smooth and rounded and chalky.

Cornices are a by-product of strong winds - stay well back from them as they can break back further than you expect.

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

A few things to keep in mind if you're headed into the backcountry:

  • Firm conditions on steep slopes offer slide-for-life conditions - avoid high consequence terrain to minimize your exposure
  • Always carry avalanche rescue equipment
  • Practice safe travel protocols by only exposing one person at a time
weather

Despite being April 3, today will be a classic winter bluebird day with plenty of sunshine, unseasonably cool temps and light westerly winds. An unsettled pattern moves in for the rest of the week. A stronger system looks promising for the weekend.

Today: Sunny, with a high near 29. Wind chill values as low as -6. West wind 7 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. West southwest wind 10 to 16 mph.
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. West wind 16 to 20 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind 15 to 17 mph.
Thursday: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 40. West wind 10 to 14 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Check out this cool satellite imagery tool from Colorado State (subtract 6 hours to get local time).

general announcements

We have lift tickets for Snowbasin and Powder Mountain remaining. The tickets are discounted an additional 20%. Details and order information here. All proceeds from these go towards paying for avalanche forecasting and education!

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Now is a great time to practice companion rescue techniques with your backcountry partners. Here's our rescue practice video.

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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 occur.