Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger is Level 2 (MODERATE) on slopes over 35 degrees in steepness with recent deposits of wind drifted snow and may be found on a wide variety of aspects. Continue to look for fresh drifts and perform slope cuts prior to diving in as well as on any short test slopes you come across.


Northerly winds have continued over the last couple of days with moderate speeds and a few stronger gusts. You’ll find fairly extensive wind damage on lots of terrain but still some nice settled snow in the most protected areas. Temperatures are in the low to mid 20s.


There was no avalanche activity reported from the Ogden area but two skiers were caught and carried in two separate avalanches on Thursday in the Salt Lake region.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Fresh wind slabs will be the main concern again today. With numerous days of wind from varying directions you’ll find recent drifts on many different aspects. The low density snow from Monday or perhaps some near surface facets that formed prior to Monday is the suspected weak layer. If you come across drifts, do a few shear tests and see if you can sleuth it out. Also, continue to monitor layering around the rain crust especially for future snow events looking for areas with a thin crust and weak snow below it.


We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with ridgetop temperatures in the mid to upper 20s. Winds will be from the north and may continue to be a bit annoying along the ridges with moderate speeds and some stronger gusts. Starting tonight we’ll see on and off snow showers through the weekend with northwest winds that may be a little pesky. Check our mountain weather forecast (CLICK HERE) after 12pm today for more details on the expected storms.


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.

Daily observations are frequently posted by 10 pm each evening.

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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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