Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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There is a mostly Level 1 (LOW) avalanche danger unless you are poking around the mid and upper elevation wind effected ridges where there remains a pockety Level 2 (MODERATE) danger for triggering a wind slab. The most likely spots are on slopes of 35 degrees or steeper that face north through east through south however watch any terrain feature that may be crossloaded with a pillowy looking snow feature


We have mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the teens and light west winds. Excellent settled powder remains out of wind and sun effected areas.


There were three minor avalanches reported from Sunday (Nalli, Diegel) with one person caught and carried with no injuries (Whillock). They were all lingering wind slabs. You might ask why there are avalanches occurring when the danger is generally LOW? The answer is that people are willing to take more risk in lower danger situations which often puts them in terrain that is most likely to avalanche. When we say pockets of MODERATE avalanche danger for lingering wind slabs, this means that the distribution of "trigger-able" slabs is scattered. MODERATE also indicates they won’t pose that much threat. Keep in mind that if you are in radical terrain there is always danger.


      Over the next 24 hours.

If you’re poking around in areas that have had recent wind loading you may find a hard slab that will release today. They can release above you and may not necessarily release if you’re using a ski cut. Snowmobiles weigh enough to most likely dislodge these wind slabs on the first pass and they could possibly tip a sled over. Burial is unlikely with these but injury is possible.


We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with ridgetop temperatures in the upper teens to low 20s and light westerly winds. A very minor disturbance tonight could produce snow showers adding a trace to a couple of inches of snow.


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

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