Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Drew Hardesty


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger is generally LEVEL 1 (LOW). Mind the sluffing in the steep confined terrain.


From the Greek miasma , "pollution," from miainein , "to pollute."

There’s light at the end of the tunnel. A cold front due to arrive overnight should sweep out the thick miasma of smog and particulate matter. It was recommended to carpool, but you never know who you’ll end up with in the back of a pickup truck.

Above the cauldron of pollution, skies are clear, temperatures are in the 20s and winds are light. Riding conditions remain quite good in the loud powder of surface hoar and recrystallized snow. With great coverage, great snow, low danger and fine weather, one would imagine that the vibe would be tranquilo in the backcountry. It wasn’t the case in Cardiff Fork of Big Cottonwood Canyon yesterday. See the write-up to get the partial picture.


Wet and dry sluffing remains the only game in town.


      Over the next 24 hours.

I’m not optimistic about how things are going to shape up over the next week. We have some exceedingly weak surface snow and surface hoar littered across the landscape at all elevations and many aspects. The weak storm arriving tonight looks like it will arrive with only a little wind and a few inches of snow – thereby insulating what will be our first widespread persistent weakness of the year. Typically strong sun and wind destroy or decay these surface weaknesses, but it’s not looking like this will be the case.

Up until now, the avalanches have been in direct lock-step with the storms, with the cycles looking like a ‘spike’ on an EKG chart. This chapter may be coming to a close with a soon –to-be buried layer of surface hoar and weak sugary faceted snow. After this going-through-the-motions storm rolls out, a strong moist westerly flow arrives late week that should put the avalanche conditions into overdrive. The weather forecast is still a few days out – much can change between now and then.


We’ll start to see increasing clouds ahead of tonight’s system. Temps will be in the mid to upper 20s at 10,000’ and the low 30s at 8000’. Winds will be light from the west northwest with higher speeds mostly confined to the highest exposed peaks and ridgelines. We’ll see 2-4” tonight through tomorrow with plummeting temps Sunday into the early part of next week. The mercury on the thermometers in the mountains ought to level out at about zero degrees Fahrenheit.


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

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