Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Bruce Tremper


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Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger is Level 2 (Moderate) on any steep, slope with recent deposits of wind drifted snow. You will find these at many aspects and elevations, especially on west facing slopes. There is also a Level 2 (Moderate) danger of damp to wet, loose avalanches on steep, sun-exposed slopes as they heat up in the sun.


Ah, much better. Temperatures have thankfully warmed from the -20 with a stiff wind yesterday to a balmy mid teens this morning. The winds are still fairly strong, 25, gusting to 45 from the north and should continue. We should also continue to warm today into the mid 20's.

Riding conditions are a bit disappointing considering that the upper Cottonwood Canyons near Salt Lake City had over a foot of very light snow (but very little new snow outside the Cottonwoods). The strong east and north winds these past couple days have drifted most of the snow into dense, lurch-and-jerk drifts on an ice crust. With this unusual wind direction from the east, you can find wind-sheltered snow on the west facing slopes--just the opposite of what we are used to.


We herd rumor yesterday of a snowmobiler-triggered avalanche in "Snake Creek - backside of Alta". Snake Creek is actually on the backside of Brighton so we don't know which information is correct. The snowmobiler apparently outran the slide but wrecked his sled hitting old avalanche debris. Drew will investigate today.

Several skiers in the Cottonwood Canyons near Salt Lake City were able to crack out small, soft, wind slabs with no one caught, as far as we know.


      Over the next 24 hours.

The main problem today will be lingering wind slabs deposited by the strong winds from the east and north these past couple days. Yesterday they were getting progressively stiffer and more stubborn but you could still crack them out about 6 inches to a foot deep. Along the high peaks, I expect they will be much thicker but yesterday it was so cold and windy, not many people braved -20 with a 40 mph wind to find out.

With the east winds, the wind drifting pattern is just the opposite of normal so it seems discombobulating to find them cross-loaded and top-loaded onto west facing slopes--which are usually scoured bare by the wind. Also, the strong canyon winds drifted snow even low in the canyons and at the canyon mouths.

As usual, avoid steep slopes with recent wind drifts, which look smooth and rounded and feel slabby and sometimes sound hollow. Remember, you will find these on many different aspects and elevations.


      Over the next 24 hours.

The second avalanche problem will be the usual damp to wet sluffs on steep sun exposed slopes as the heat up today in the strong sun. Avoid being on or beneath steep slopes when they are getting soggy from the heat of the sun.


We will have a welcome, rapid, warming today with temperatures rising into the mid teens and into the mid 20's on Friday. Winds will continue to be moderate to strong from the north and be even stronger on Friday and Saturday. We will have a few, passing clouds but skies should be mostly clear.

On Friday and Saturday, we will have some snow showers from a disturbance coming out of the northwest. We are expecting 6-10 inches of snow with fairly strong winds from the northwest.



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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