Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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There is mostly a MODERTE danger which include both fresh wind drifts on the upper elevation northerly aspects as well as slab avalanches breaking into a persistent weakness on the mid elevation northerly aspects. With careful evaluation, more advanced users will find lots of terrain with a MODERATE danger. Be honest with yourself about your avalanche skill level to help you choose the right terrain for today. The danger level varies greatly from place to place.


Stronger then expected wind speeds on Saturday tops the headlines. Winds slowed for a period but overall have been sustained or even increased a bit, still from the southeast. Ridgetop temperatures are in the mid 20s.


There was no avalanche activity reported from the Ogden area on Saturday.


      Over the next 24 hours.

With continued winds and some loose snow available for transport, the chance for triggering a fresh wind slab will be the main focus today. These probably won't be as sensitive today as yesterday but could be deeper. This is most pronounced in the upper elevations on the northerly facing slopes. Watch for crossloaded terrain features and approach any drift or pillow with caution. Consider that west facing slopes that usually get stripped by the wind may be loaded. Ski cuts may be effective and should be used with caution.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Buried surface hoar may still be reactive in the Ogden area mountains. Recent snow and additional wind transported snow have enhanced this problem again. Most likely locations for this problem are northerly slopes in the 8000 to 10000 foot level. These are not manageable and ski cuts should not be used to try and mitigate them. Avoidance is the best technique.


We'll see periods of snow today adding up a few inches or possibly a bit more. Ridgetop winds will continue from the southeast in the annoying range before switching more south and southwest. It looks like they'll continue to be annoying and gusty for a good portion of today. Ridgetop temperatures will be in the mid to upper 20s. Periods of snow may continue tonight into Monday adding another 1 to 3 inches or a bit more if we're lucky. Snow showers taper off Monday morning.


SLC: 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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