Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Drew Hardesty


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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We’re on the upper end of MODERATE. Naturals are unlikely, but dangerous, unmanageable human triggered avalanches remain possible. These are unusual conditions for the Wasatch. Caution is advised on slopes approaching 35 degrees and steeper on the mid and upper elevation westerly to northerly to easterly aspects.


Skies are clear with west to northwest winds blowing 15-20 along the high ridgelines. Overnight lows above 9000’ continue to warm into the upper teens and low twenties. Cooler air pooling from the drainages has temps there in the upper single digits. Riding conditions remain excellent in sheltered terrain.


The string of activity continued into yesterday, with at least two skier triggered slides in the backcountry. In the Provo mountains, a skier remotely triggered a pocket 1’ deep and 30’ wide, running well over 300’ on an east facing slope at 9900’. No collapsing or cracking or movement from other tracks preceded the activity. To the north in the Snowbird periphery, a skier triggered a 2’+ pocket that was 80’ wide, also running over 300’. It was on a steep, rocky, windloaded pocket in northerly terrain at about 10,000’. Check under the Current Conditions tab for photos -

Collapsing continues to be reported on a variety of aspects and elevations.


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The plot thickens with the current snowpack. It’s an exceedingly complex animal, varying significantly across the range. Our two major concerns stem from the basal weak depth hoar from November, and the weak surface snow and patchy surface hoar from before last Wednesday’s storm. Both have been players.

The newest persistent weakness is more widely distributed on a variety of aspects and elevations. They are more likely triggered in exposed, wind drifted areas, or, due to the higher accumulations on New Year’s Eve, the terrain north of I-80. Collapsing and cracking will not always be present and the spatial variability of snowpits may not necessarily offer red flags. Still, the volatile structure remains. Those without significant experience and detective work are rolling the dice.


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Deep slab instabilities remain, particularly in areas that released during the December 13th cycle. These instabilities, spread across the westerly to northerly to easterly aspects, appear more pronounced outside of the upper elevations of the Cottonwoods and Provo mountains. Again, significant experience and detective work is required.


We’ll have partly cloudy skies today and tonight until with a disorganized Pacific disturbance denting the building ridge tomorrow into Wednesday. Temps will rise to the upper 20s at 10,000’ and the mid 30s at 8000’. The west to northwest winds will be 10-15mph. The ridge redevelops for the end of the week and into the weekend with the longer range models suggesting a less than impressive system for perhaps late Saturday into Sunday.


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