Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


The North American Avalanche Danger Scale is being revised for next winter. Our friends in Canada have created a short survey found at the following link. Please help ensure the new Avalanche Danger Scale is effective by completing a survey. http://surveys.globalepanel.com/wix/p319164581.aspx


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The avalanche danger is generally LOW this morning. However, keep in mind that there may be a few fresh drifts that could crack out along the upper ridges. The most likely aspects for these are north through east but as always watch for crossloaded terrain features on all aspects. Wet avalanche activity shouldn’t be much of a concern today but you should always keep it in mind at this time of the season.


Southwest ridgetop winds increased overnight averaging 15 mph along the ridges but gusting to around 50 at the most exposed locations. They’ve been slowing over the last couple of hours again. Ridgetop temperatures maxed out at 40 or just a bit more on Saturday and dropped back into the mid 20s overnight.


There were no avalanches reported from Saturday and most people found stable snow.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Weather sculpts avalanche conditions and we have a change in weather from yesterday to today in that the wind speeds did increase overnight. While many slopes are crusted the wind always seems to find some loose snow to blow around and form some fresh drifts. There may be a scattering of these fresh drifts along the ridges that may be big enough to catch an un-expecting person and take them for a ride.


We’ll see cloudy skies for the most part today. High temperatures should max out around 40 at 8000 feet and in the low to mid 30s along the ridges. Southwest ridgetop winds will average 5 to 10mph gusting into the 20s. Winds may pick up a bit again later this afternoon.


On Friday, March 20th, the Canyons Professional Ski Patrol Association is having a fund raiser for the Friends of the UAC at Pirate O’s. Doors open at 7 pm, and live music from Junior and Transportation, a silent auction, raffle, and more are included in the $15 cover charge/donation.

Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in Cardiff, Mineral, Alexander Basin, Porter Fork and Gobblers Knob. Today they’ll head for the Sessions and the Cascade Ridge. Their operations planning page is here.

Our web site is now formatted for iPhone. You can also download a free iPhone application from Canyon Sports to display the Bottom Line. Search for Utah Avalanche on the Apple's iPhone Apps page or in iTunes.

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 toward the Tombstone lift, 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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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.

I’ll be back in to 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.