Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Bruce Tremper


The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center will be teaching 1 evening/1 field day introductory and advanced avalanche classes this winter beginning Thursday, Dec 16th. Details on our Education Page.


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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Avalanche danger will rise rapidly from Level 1 (Low) to Level 2 (Moderate) on any slope approaching 35 degrees or steeper with recent deposits of wind drifted snow. Danger will likely rise to Level 3 (Considerable) by Saturday with another, stronger storm.


We will have rapidly changing conditions today with the arrival of snow and strong wind by mid day. An inch of snow fell overnight and winds are still reasonable with temperatures in the mid 20’s. Winds will pick up to 40, gusting to 60 by mid day with about 6 inches of snow today and perhaps 8 more tonight.


No activity reported from the backcountry yesterday.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Rapidly rising danger from strong wind combined with snow today. Most human triggered avalanches involve wind deposited snow, so you need to train your avalanche eyeballs to see it and avoid it. Wind slabs, as we call them, look smooth and rounded and they usually feel “slabby”, meaning strong on top with weaker snow underneath. They often sound hollow like a drum. If you find one today you should definitely avoid it on slopes approaching 35 degrees or steeper. You will find them mostly at upper elevation, wind exposed terrain and mostly on east and north facing slopes and side-loaded into other slopes as well. The wind slabs you will find today and through the weekend will be trickier than most because warm temperatures and high humidity will create harder, denser slabs that pack a punch. Be extra cautious with these.


We expect about 6-8 inches of relatively dense snow today combined with strong winds blowing 40, gusting to 60 along the ridges from the southwest in the morning, turning westerly by mid day. Temperatures will be warm, just below freezing, which will create dense wind slabs. Peak wind and snow will likely arrive mid day through the afternoon. We should get more snow overnight and will likely see a foot of new snow by Saturday morning. We have a bit of a break late tonight with another, stronger pulse arriving on Saturday by mid day and continuing overnight with more snow and even stronger winds, again from the west. We should see clearing skies by Sunday with a ridge building in for Monday through Wednesday.


If you trigger an avalanche in the backcountry - especially if you are adjacent to a ski area – please call the following teams 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.

Salt Lake – Alta Central (801-742-2033)

Ogden – Snowbasin Patrol Dispatch (801-620-1017)

Provo – Sundance Patrol Dispatch (801-223-4150)

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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.

This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done.  This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

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