Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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Most terrain has a Level 1 (LOW) avalanche danger. If you are getting in to more radical terrain with slopes pushing 40 degrees, this is the most likely spot to trigger a wind slab today. Easterly aspects, especially along ridges, with slopes approaching 40 degrees have a pockety Level 2 (MODERATE) danger.


The Wasatch received a dusting of snow on Sunday with Snowbasin reporting 4 inches new in the last 24 hours. Currently, temperatures are in the upper teens to low 20s. Westerly winds have moderate speeds. A rime event occurred Sunday afternoon and was noted by a few observers. The extent of a resultant crust is not yet known but I'm sure we'll know more after today.


      Over the next 24 hours.

You're main concern today will be minor fresh and or lingering windslabs on the steeper lee slopes. These will be fairly stubborn for the most part as they are a couple of days old but there may be a few fresh shallow drifts that formed yesterday afternoon and this morning with the minor new snow event and slight winds. Digging deeper into the snowpack, I'm quite pleased with what I see. Hand hardness quickly increases indicating strong layers. (More on Hand Hardness) There is no one particular layer that excites me much in the Cottonwoods. Reports of a rime/rain crust in the Ogden mountains below the 8000 foot level is something to be watched and we'll want to pay attention to the newest rime crust in all areas if, indeed, one formed.


We'll see partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 20s. Westerly winds will be light to moderate with moderate speed gusts along the ridges. We remain in a westerly flow through Tuesday and a fairly decent storm is shaping up starting Wednesday which should give us a nice refresher.


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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