Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Drew Hardesty


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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Tricky pockets of CONSIDERABLE exist for widespread, stiff, and unmanageable hard wind slabs. They’ll be up to 2’ or more deep and will have the cohesion to propagate much wider than yesterday’s 40’. New snow instabilities may not settle out as quickly as in the recent days…..Ramp up the caution and the best bet will be on 30-35 degree wind-protected, forested, sub-alpine terrain.


We’ve added another pretty-evenly-distributed-across-the-range 6-10” overnight on top of yesterday’s lackluster inch or two. The winds seem to not get enough of the headlines, and they’ve been pushing 25-30mph, gusting to 50. Higher anemometers are bracing 100+mph gusts. Even the underrated Tom’s Hill sensor has seen gusts into the 30’s and 40’s. Temps are generally in the mid teens. Wind and sun have damaged more of the landscape, and even the new snow is coming in a little thick around the ankles. Densities seem to be 10%+, as plates and stellars are interspersed with graupel - potentially favorable for avalanching in the new snow (geeks should check outthe northwest's Jerry Casson's paper from a couple years ago.)


You didn’t have to look hard to find and trigger very manageable new wind drifts yesterday (photo1, photo2, you-tube video), and most averaged 6-8” deep and perhaps 40’ wide. They were not confined to the high elevation ridgelines, but found, too, on mid-slope breakovers and in the lee of crossloaded deposition zones. Ski cuts and test slopes yielded good results. Cornices continue to yawn even wider and break out 5’ back upon approach.

(A correction from yesterday: in my field report from Monday, I inadvertently wrote that the arrow was pointing into the wind. It should have been “the arrow shows the direction the wind is blowing.” Thanks -)


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Stiffer wind slabs will be deposited in unusual terrain today – lower in the starting zones, around rocky outcrops, low in the chutes and gullies, and will not be the same animal as yesterday’s immediate gratification soft slabs. It may be the third rider on the slope that trips the trigger in the lateral areas of the lens.


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Periods of strong precipitation and wind this morning will heighten the danger and instability – and naturals may be possible during this time. Density breaks and intra-storm weaknesses may also persist for triggering into the afternoon.


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Cornices still pose a significant danger to the unwitting ridge walker. Give the waves a wide berth. And remember to have some sort of belay when looking to trigger them. The old let-your-buddy-hold-the-ends-of-your-ski-poles trick? May be too risky today. But if you do go out to tease the cat, put your wrists through your wrist loops so when you go over with the box-car, at least you dislocate both, not one, of your shoulders……..


Heavy snow and strong winds this morning will give way to snow showers and slowing northerly flow. Temps will be in the low teens. We’ll get a small break tonight into tomorrow with some light snow tomorrow ahead of a complex system for Thursday night into early Saturday. Rapid warming follows for the weekend with the longer range models hinting on a large scale storm system for the middle of next week.


Wasatch Powderbird Guides didn’t get out on Monday and won’t be out today. Check their operations planning page is here.

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