Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Drew Hardesty


We've extended the Special Avalanche Advisory through the National Weather Service. 1-2' deep and 200' wide avalanches will still be likely on a variety of steep north through southeasterly terrain today. Avalanches may still be triggered from a distance. Those without significant avalanche experience should avoid being on or under slopes approaching 30 degrees. The danger is more pronounced in the Logan and Uinta mountains....


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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A CONSIDERABLE danger remains for any steep north through southeast facing slope at the mid and upper elevations. Avalanches may release on slopes as gentle as 30 degrees, and are still likely to be triggered at a distance - or above you should you be beneath a steeper slope. Yesterday's instabilities will persist through today. Caution is warranted.


The nose of another round of moisture has filled the skies, signalling the approach of yet another round of snow. Temperatures are rising from their overnight lows at midnight and are in the upper teens to mid-20s. Winds remain mercifully light with only the 11,000' anemometers showing speeds in the 15-20mph range.

A few inches here, a few inches there......since last Thursday, it's all added up to about 15-20" everywhere except for Provo (apologies)...Riding conditions are superb, though the sun damaged the southerly and off aspects yesterday.


Too many to mention. At least 15 reported human triggered slides in the central wasatch yesterday with some reports of slides in the Snowbasin periphery. We've had at least 30 since the 11th. (Check under Current Conditions for the expanding list.) One natural was reported from the Park City ridgeline. Human triggered slides were, and will remain, the rule and not the exception. We saw widespread sensitive soft slabs triggered 6" to 2' deep, with some reported up to 3' deep. Most 100-200' wide. Patterns extended from north through southeast that had been wind drifted (many from the stronger winds on Saturday), each failing on surface hoar and weak surface faceted snow that grew like weeds last Monday through Wednesday. (It should be noted that some released on west with a touch of south...) Many of these soft slabs released remotely, that it, at a distance - a common characteristic of buried, intact surface hoar.

New snow? Check. Recent wind? Check. Shallowly buried persistent weak layer? Check. Rapid warming? Check. Lots of triggers in the backcountry yesterday? Check. The odds continue to be stacked....

One disturbing outlier - control work in upper Little Cottonwood pulled out a repeater hard slab to near the ground on a steep northeast facing slope with a rough elevation of 10,800'. It pulled out 250' away from the bullet's target.

Collapsing and shooting cracks offered immediate signs of instability to others not observing slides.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Here's the truth of the matter: It'll be less sensitive today than yesterday, but it'll want to lure you onto the slope. This is perhaps why it will be more dangerous today than yesterday. Buried, intact surface hoar and faceted snow does not heal quickly. Recall their properties: collapse failure and remote propagation - at least 2 slides yesterday ripped out above the skier with the slab trying to rip the skier off a tree. Exceedingly weak in what we call 'shear' - ability to pull way back onto lower angled slopes. The stiffening slab may allow these slides to propagate wider than before.

Cold clear windless nights with high humidity early last week fostered the growth of these surface weaknesses, and while we usually count on sun and wind to damage or degrade them, Wednesday night's light, low density snow buried them all but intact. Uncommon. We now have a Colorado base with a Montana/Canada top. Take another step back.


      Over the next 24 hours.

More like LOW with pockets of CONSIDERABLE. You're more likely to trigger a deeper slab in steep shallow rocky terrain, particularly in areas that avalanched during the December cycle.


No trend identified.

It'll be a day of changing conditions. Potential new snow amounts of up to 8" with gusty wind may produce some new snow instabilities. Continually reassess as the day goes on...


Yet another round of snow on this moist northwest flow. Favored locations may pick up the heavier end of 4-8". Winds will be 15-20mph but gustier along the higher peaks. Temps will be in the low 20s. We'll get a bit of a break tomorrow with another pattern of precipitation likely by Thursday. Yet another weather pattern kicks snow into the weekend.


Please contact Snowbasin ski patrol (801-620-1000/1017)) 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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