Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Evelyn Lees


It is tomorrow night – the annual Canyons Professional Ski Patrol Association fundraiser for the Friends of the UAC at Harry O’s in Park City. 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. Details


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger will rise to MODERATE and then to CONSIDERABLE with daytime heating. Human triggered wet sluffs will become likely on all steep slopes except the high northerly facing aspects. Natural wet sluffs and some slab avalanches are possible. Backcountry travelers need to get an early start and early finish. Once the snow heats up, move to a cooler aspect, stay on low angle slopes and out from under steep slopes or head home for the day.


All eyes are on temperatures and cloud cover. Skies are clear this morning, but overnight lows inched up just a few degrees over last night. Temperatures in the Ogden area mountains are currently in the low to mid thirties at almost all elevations. Winds are very light, less than 15 mph at most stations. Searching for corn? There is a decent surface refreeze this morning, but it will be short lived once the sun rises. Get an early start, and change aspects fast as snow heats up, moving from east to south to west. You can prolong your day by cruising the low angle slopes, well out from under steep slopes or staying on high elevation, shady slopes.


Even with very few observations, two class 2 naturals were reported yesterday in steep terrain. A wet loose natural occurred off Roberts Horn in the Provo area mountains at 12:20 pm, and a large wet sluff off the south face of Superior in Little Cottonwood Canyon at 3:30 pm.


      Over the next 12 hours.

Today, easily human triggered wet loose sluffs are a given on steep slopes once the day heats up. On any steep slope where the surface snow becomes damp to wet, a simple push will first initiate roller balls, and then get sluffs moving, which can fan out and end in deep, cement like debris piles. The threat of high thin clouds means the surface snow on the shady, northerly facing slopes could also heat up and get in on the wet action, especially at the low to mid elevations.

The more challenging forecasting problem is the possibility and timing of spontaneous wet sluffs charging down on you from above or the possibility of triggering a larger, more dangerous wet slab avalanche. Even when the snow surface is frozen, there can be wet snow hidden beneath, which can act as a weak layer. While wet slabs are unpredictable, chances do increase with daytime heating, as do spontaneous wet avalanches. Avoidance works best - stay off of and out from under steep slopes as they heat up.


An approaching weak weather disturbance will spread high thin clouds over northern Utah today. Temperatures will once again warm into the low 50’s at 8,000’ and the upper 30’s along the high ridges. The southerly winds will remain very light this morning and then increase slightly this afternoon into the 10 to 15 mph range across the highest peaks. Mostly cloudy skies tonight, with mountain temperatures right around freezing. Then, we just have to suffer through two more very warm days before a return to winter. A decent looking cold front could bring significant snowfall Sunday afternoon through Monday night.


Wasatch Powderbird Guides skied in Cardiff, Days and Cascade yesterday, and will operate in American Fork, Cascade and the Sessions today. Check their operations planning page is here.

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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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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.

Bruce Tremper will update this advisory by 7:30 tomorrow morning.

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