Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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There is a mostly MODERATE avalanche danger in the backcountry today. This means HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE POSSIBLE. Pockets of a CONSIDERABLE danger still exist. The most dangerous areas are the very steep northerly facing slopes to include northwest and northeast at the mid and upper elevations, especially in areas with a thinner snowpack where you might get an avalanche to break into old weak snow. People committed to being in the backcountry for the long haul continue to not toy with it.


We have some light snow this morning in the central Wasatch adding a trace to 2 inches of accumulation. Temperatures are in the mid teens to low 20s and winds are from the west or northwest with light to moderate speeds.


No new avalanche activity was reported from Wednesday. Significant collapsing was reported on a west facing slope in the Snowbasin sidecountry. The snow surface has been becoming weak over the last few days with near surface faceting and surface hoar formation.


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Deep slabs remain the primary concern for today. Continue to give the buried surface hoar it's due respect around the Cutler Ridge/Ben Lomond area especially at mid and lower elevations.

Take a look at the number of close calls we've had this year (Avalanche List). The number of people involved that have a good amount of stability assessment skill is what I find alarming. What's it worth to get onto steeper slopes? Children: are your parents making wise choices in the backcountry?


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With the little new snow and the loose snow already on the surface, loose snow sluffs will probably be a bit bigger today. This pales in comparison to the severity of the deep slab concern but we might as well be aware that sluffing is something to keep in mind today.


The disturbance currently producing snow in the mountains this morning should be short lived and won't add up more then a few inches of snow. Ridgetop temperatures should be in the mid 20s and ridgetop winds will be from the northwest with light to moderate speeds. Another shot of snow is possible tonight with winds picking up a bit more. No major storms are lined up as of now but there will be small disturbances over the next couple of days.


Please contact Alta Central (801-742-2033) if you trigger a large avalanche in the backcountry, especially if you are adjacent to a ski area, to alert them to the slide and whether anyone is missing or not. Rescue teams can be exposed to significant hazard when responding to avalanches, and do not want to do so when unneeded. Thanks.

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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.

We will update this forecast tomorrow morning. Thanks for calling.

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