Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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Most slopes are stable this morning, though the avalanche danger will rise to MODERATE for heat related activity with daytime heating.  There also remains an isolated MODERATE danger for triggering a deep slab avalanche, mostly on north through east facing terrain at the mid and upper elevations.


Today's advisory is basically a clone of yesterday's.

It was very warm on Sunday with stations as high as 9500 feet maxing out at 45 degrees.  Overnight temperatures remained very mild with many stations above 9000 feet right around 30 degrees or better.  Temperatures are cooler in the valley and drainage bottoms.  Winds are fairly light with an easterly component at many locations.  Skies are mostly clear.

The snow surface remains a mix of crusts with near surface faceting occurring.  This is breaking down some of the crusts and making the surface snow somewhat weak as well as weakening areas with a shallow overall snowpack. 


No avalanche activity was reported from Saturday.  Glide cracks are opening up around thermal hot spots in the usual places like Mill B and Broads Fork.  (PHOTO)


      Over the next 8 hours.

With the mild overnight temperatures, clear skies and warm daytime highs expected, heat related activity is again worth a mention on the southerly facing slopes.  Also, if you are walking around areas with glide cracks opening, keep in mind that this is a likely period for these places to release.


      Over the next 24 hours.

The second concern worth mentioning is the continued potential to find a spot where you may be able to trigger something breaking into old snow near the ground.  Most areas seem quiet for right now but if you poke at it enough you’ll probably find a trouble spot especially in those thinner areas above around 9000 feet that face north through east. 


The string of warm, sunny days in the mountains will continue, with highs today slightly warmer then yesterday getting into the upper 30’s along the ridges, and mid 40’s at 8,000’.  Winds will be light with a slight easterly component to them.  We’ll see more of the same through the mid portion of the week with a change in the weather pattern toward the end of the week with the best chance for snow about a week out.  Check out our Mountain Weather Forecast which we update around noon each day for more details.


 Yesterday, Wasatch Powderbird Guides skied in American Fork, Lambs Canyon and the Sessions.  Today they’ll be in American Fork and the Cascade ridge.  Their operations planning page is here.


The last of the Brighton Discount tickets have been reduced to $45, with all proceeds going to the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center.  Click HERE for details.


The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center is hosting a Level 2 avalanche class in February which is now open for registration by going to the Black Diamond retail store.  More information is HERE.  


Tickets are now available for the annual Backcountry Awareness Dinner on February 13th, with registration through the Snowbird Renaissance Center.


Beacon training parks are up and running!  There is one at Snowbasin, one on the Park City side at the top of Canyon’s gondola, one in Little Cottonwood near the Snowbird parking structure on the bypass road, and in Big Cottonwood a training  park is at the west end of Solitude's lower parking lot.


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UDOT highway avalanche control work info can be found by calling (801) 975-4838. Our statewide toll free line is 1-888-999-4019 (early morning, option 8).


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Your snow and avalanche observations help everyone in the backcountry community.  Please let us know what you're seeing by leaving a message at (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or email us at uac@utahavalanchecenter.org. (Fax 801-524-6301).


The information in this advisory is from the U.S. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content.  This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.  This advisory does not apply to ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally conducted.


Drew Hardesty will update this advisory by 7:30 tomorrow morning.

This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done.  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.

This advisory provided by the USDA Forest Service, in partnership with:

The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation, Utah Division of Emergency Management, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake Unified Fire Authority and the friends of the La Sal Avalanche Center. See our Sponsors Page for a complete list.