Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Evelyn Lees


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The avalanche danger is mostly LOW (L1) this morning, but will increase to pockets of MODERATE (L2) for wet sluffs as the day heats up. In addition, there are pockets of MODERATE (L2) for wind drifts along the highest ridges and for triggering a deeper slide 1-3’ deep into older snow. Slopes facing northeast through southeast at the mid and upper elevations have been the most active with these last two problems.


Skies are mostly clear, and any lingering clouds should quickly disappear. Temperatures are in the single digits this morning, with a few teens at the lower 6 and 7,000 foot elevations. The northwesterly winds are light, with all but the highest peaks averaging less than 15 mph.

Turning, riding and snowshoeing conditions vary widely across the range. In the Park City and Salt Lake mountains, there is about a foot of excellent settled powder, with slight sun damage on some southerly facing slopes. The Provo and Ogden mountains received less than 6” out of the last series of storms, so its dust on crust on most aspects, with softer snow on the protected, shady slopes.


The only avalanches reported were older slides that ran during the storm, in the Cardiac and upper Mill B drainages. Pooled graupel is the suspect weak layer for most of these, and photos and some information are posted in Current Conditions. There is also a little updated info on the Ant Knolls slides.


      Over the next 10 hours.

A decent temperature jump and lots of sunshine may get a round of wet loose sluffs running on the steep, sunny slopes today. A damp, sticky snow surface and roller balls will be some of the first clues that it’s time to head for cooler territory by changing aspect or staying on low angle slopes. There is weak layering about a foot down on many of the sunny slopes, especially those facing east and southeast, so there is a possibility that the weight of a large wet sluff could break out a deeper slab avalanche.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Consistent northwest, north and northeasterly winds created a variety of wind drifts, both hard and soft. On steep slopes, avoid these pillows of drifted snow, as a few rogue wind drifts could still be triggered by a person.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Don’t forget about the more deeply buried facets and crusts. The new snow and wind failed to tip the balance on most slopes, partly because many of the north and easterly facing slopes were stripped of much of their load by the winds. But there are still a few isolated slopes where a deeper slide could be triggered on the crust/facet weakness. In many locations, these layers are weakening, not strengthening, and as people push into the more radical, steep, rocky terrain, they are more likely to find one of these spots where they could trigger a deeper slide.


High pressure will dominate the weather into the weekend. Clear skies today, with lots of sun, and temperatures warming into the mid 20’s at 8,000’ and into the upper teens along the high ridge lines. The winds will remain from the northwest and average in the 5 to 15 mph range at most stations. As the inversion tightens today, speeds across the highest terrain will increase into the 20 to 30 mph range, with gusts in the 40’s.

The warming trend will continue into the weekend, with lots of sun and 10,000’ temperatures in the 20’s tomorrow, and near freezing on Saturday.


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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