Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Bruce Tremper


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DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS EXIST. The avalanche danger is MODERATE with pockets of CONSIDERABLE on mid and upper elevation northwest through east facing slopes steeper than about 30 degrees. Human triggered avalanches are likely on many slopes, and numerous slides are being triggered remotely from a distance, so avoid travel below and adjacent to steep slopes. Cautious route finding and conservative decision-making are essential. Those without excellent avalanche skills and training should avoid this terrain and stay on gentler slopes well away from runout areas or stay on south through south west facing slopes at low and mid elevations.


It was very warm yesterday where I was comfortable digging snowpits in a long underwear top and baseball cap—pretty rare for the week before Christmas. The warm temperatures and sun created quite a few rollerballs on the sun exposed slopes and made manky snow on sun exposed slopes. Temperatures remain warm this morning, around 25 degrees. Winds remain light.


Conditions remain very tricky and very dangerous from large, deep slabs sliding on the extremely weak and persistent layers of faceted snow near the ground. We heard about 5 different avalanche events from the backcountry yesterday. You can find details, photos and videos on most of these slides in Current Conditions, with some of the information updated later in the morning.

All of the activity occurred in the Salt Lake Area mountains and the Ogden area mountains appear to be more stable. Near Alta: one person snowboarder triggered slide near Davenport Hill and another person investigating the crown face triggered the hangfire as he was preparing a rope belay. He was knocked down the bed surface for 200 feet before grabbing a tree. One of our forecasters was walking along a flat ridge near Desolation Lake (west of Canyons Resort) and when the snow collapsed, it remotely triggered an avalanche on a steep slope over 300 feet away. Finally, someone remotely triggered a cornice as they approached the Park City ridgeline near Squaretop, which triggered a slab below. All these avalanches are 2-4 feet deep, most running on the extremely weak depth hoar near the ground and they are very dangerous.



      Over the next 24 hours.

Conditions remain very tricky and very dangerous in some areas. Although many slopes slid during the weekend storm, many more did not and remain teetering on the brink waiting for someone to give it a thump before it breaks out 2-4 feet deep, creating a very dangerous avalanche. It’s very difficult to tell the difference between stable slopes and unstable slopes, even if you are an experienced avalanche professional. In addition, some slopes that have already slid have filled back in with wind drifted snow and people have triggered these slopes. So the only choice is to just avoid slopes that had extremely weak, faceted snow before the last storm. These are primarily mid and upper elevation northerly through easterly facing slopes, The worst conditions seem to be in the Salt Lake area mountains. Conditions seem better in the Ogden area mountains.


Continued benign weather with partly cloudy skies, ridgetop temperatures just below freezing, 8,000’ temperatures near 35. Ridgetop winds should remain light. The next chance for significant snow is right around Christmas. For more details, visit the Snow Page.


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