Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Evelyn Lees


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS STILL EXIST. The avalanche danger remains CONSIDERABLE (Level 3) on mid and upper elevation northwest through east facing slopes approaching 35 degrees or steeper, where people can trigger avalanches to the ground. Avoid the steep terrain, where it is very difficult to tell the difference between stable and unstable slopes. Instead, be patient – there are 4 more months of winter left! Take advantage of and enjoy the good turning and riding conditions on shady lower angle, gentle terrain. With daytime heating, the avalanche danger will rise to MODERATE on the steep, sunny slopes and low elevations.


Above the dreary smog, it’s a beautiful, clear morning in the mountains. Temperatures in the Ogden mountains are mostly in the teens, with a few low 20's. The northwesterly wind speeds are generally less than 10 mph, though the highest peaks are gusting into the low 20’s. Soft snow remains on the shady northwest through northeasterly facing slopes, with the sunny slopes sporting stout crusts that will soften with daytime heating.


There was only one reported avalanche yesterday - an intentionally triggered slide with a cornice drop in Main Days in Big Cottonwood Canyon – NE facing, about 10,000’, 70 to 150’ wide, breaking out to the ground on facets, and running about 1000’ vertical. In addition, the Cottonwood resorts released some slides to the ground with explosives, north and northeasterly facing, above 9,000’. Collapsing is much less frequent, but still reported yesterday from the Cottonwoods and Park City ridgeline.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Tricky conditions exist in the Ogden area mountains, with the observed stability varying between areas. It will be most likely to trigger slides in terrain and drainages that are continuously steep, much of it over 35 degrees, than more gentle, open slopes with only a few steep rollovers. Many of the northwest through east facing slopes have extremely weak, faceted snow on the ground which is not gaining strength even though the last storm ended days ago, and it’s very difficult to tell which slopes are stable and which slopes might slide. Some of the slopes that slid during the storm have filled back in with wind drifted snow been triggered by people. Normally, cracking and collapsing are warning signs, but may not be present anymore. Experience, conservative decision making and excellent route finding skills are essential for travel in and around the steep, shady terrain today. Watch your elevations, slope angles and aspects carefully. The take home point: there are many slopes that can still be triggered by the weight of a person, and if you trigger a slide, it will probably go to the ground, 2 to 4’ deep, 100+ feet wide, big enough to smash you into trees or rocks and bury you. Slopes can be released from a distance, breakout above you on the3rd turn, or on the 4th person on the slope.


      Over the next 10 hours.

Lots of sunshine and warm temperatures will heat the shallow snowpack on southeast through westerly facing slopes and at low elevations today. In steep terrain, it will become possible to trigger wet, loose sluffs at the low and mid elevations.


High pressure will strengthen today and dominate through the weekend. Skies will be mostly clear, with occasional high thin clouds moving through. 8,000’ temperatures will warm back into the low 30’s and highs will be in the 20’s along the ridges. The northwesterly winds will remain light, generally less than 15 mph, with the highest terrain having gusts to 30 mph. Sunday will be even warmer. Then skies will become cloudy on Monday, with a chance for snow Monday night into Tuesday.


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