Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger is Level 1 (LOW) in most terrain today. Sluffing of the newest snow may be somewhat active again today if disturbed on the steeper slopes. Watch where you are in regards to possibly getting knocked down by a sluff you may initiate.


We have clear skies, calm winds and temperatures in the 5 to 10 degree range. The Wasatch from Provo through Salt Lake to Ogden ended up with about 5 to 8 inches of low density right side up snow making for an excellent riding conditions on Wednesday. Southerly slopes heated a bit and you might find melt freeze crusts there this morning.


No significant avalanche activity was reported from Wednesday. A few minor shallow soft slabs were noted and lots of sluffing, both human triggered and some naturals from during the storm. Many slopes over 35 degrees would sluff with ski cuts producing small dry loose snow avalanches. Some would gain enough momentum to knock a skier down but hardly a concern for folks out on snowmobiles. All in all, avalanche conditions were very manageable and nothing posed much threat to people in the backcountry.


      Over the next 24 hours.

The cold clear night should’ve been just the right conditions to facet the low density new snow a bit. This should keep the surface loose and I’d expect sluffing to play a role again in the steeper terrain today. Sledders won’t even notice this but skiers should be aware of how much they get moving behind them. Place ski cuts across the tops of slopes before diving in. Use sluff management techniques during the decent by cutting out left or right to avoid the sluffs and utilizing ridges where the sluff will slide away from you.


It’s going to be a great day out there with clear skies, light winds and ridgetop temperatures in the upper teens to low 20s. It looks like another nice day on Friday with southwest winds increasing slightly in the afternoon. A warmer and windy moist southwest flow will effect us this weekend bringing snow on Saturday. Weather models indicate this pattern may stick with us into next week.


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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Wasatch Powderbird Guides flight plan. Today, WPG may be flying the Daisy Bell avalanche mitigation device in and around Alta. In addition WPG may do limited non commercial training and reconnaissance throughout our entire permit area. WPG opening day for the 2011 season is Wednesday December 15.

Dawn Patrol Forecast Hotline, updated by 05:30: 888-999-4019 option 8.

Daily observations are frequently posted by 10 pm each evening.

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

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