Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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The avalanche danger is at Level 2 (Moderate) which means HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE POSSIBLE! Carefully evaluate deeper weak layers in areas that had a thinner snowpack prior to last week. Approach areas with recent wind drifted snow with caution.


OK people, we’re moving into a mostly Level 2 (Moderate) overall avalanche danger today BUT THIS IS NOT A LICENSE TO GO NUTS! You will be able to find avalanches today and keep in mind that many accidents occur with a Level 2 (Moderate) danger. Skies mostly cleared overnight and temperatures bottomed out at -16 F at 11,000’ last but since have rebounded to around -10 F. Winds have tapered off only gusting to around 10 mph along the mid elevation ridges and to 40 at the most exposed locations from the northwest. The annemometer on Mt Ogden appears to be rimed up and not showing proper speeds. A few more inches of snow trickled in yesterday morning.


There was no significant avalanche activity reported from Wednesday. Backcountry observations included reports of stubborn wind slabs that were hard to get to move.


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I think the scariest thing out there for me right now is to stumble across an area where I might trigger an avalanche that breaks into deeper weak layers. Regardless of where you are today, pay attention to any collapsing. Dig LOTS of holes to really check the variability of the snowpack structure. Closely analyze the grains around the rime crust and thoroughly test them for shearing and or propagation.


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Lingering wind slabs still demand attention today. It appeared that these things were pretty stubborn on Wednesday but still approach them as if they might crack out on you.


We’ll have partly cloudy skies with continued cold temperatures today. Highs will only get to around 10 degrees. Winds will be from the northwest and may pick up slightly from their currently fairly slow speeds. Friday and Saturday look pretty nice with high clouds and temperatures rebounding into the mid 20s. Southerly winds increase Saturday ahead of the next storm which could produce 6 to 12” as it looks right now.



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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