Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Evelyn Lees


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The avalanche danger is MODERATE (Level 2) on any steep, slope with wind drifted snow, which will be most widespread along the higher ridgelines, on slopes facing northwest through northeast. Pockets of CONSIDERABLE (Level 3) danger exist on the most wind drifted slopes. These same wind drifted slopes have a MODERATE (Level 2) danger of triggering a larger, deeper slide, breaking out on a faceted weak layer. Once again, the avalanche danger is generally LOW on wind sheltered terrain.


Overnight the flow has shifted to the south to southwest in the Ogden area mountains, and the temperatures and winds have increased. Speeds across the higher peaks have been averaging 25 to 35 mph, with gusts to 60. Mid elevation terrain has more reasonable wind gusts in the 20s and 30s. Temperatures are in the teens to near 20 along the ridges, and the mid 20’s at 8,000’. Wednesday night’s snow improved the turning, riding and snowshoeing conditions, though you’ll still hit the underlying crusts on many slopes. Today, search out wind sheltered slopes.


Loose sluffs running ½ to full track were the only activity reported from the backcountry yesterday, with crusts acting as a bed surface. Explosive control work at the resorts released new snow slides, class 1’s and a few class 2’s – large enough to bury a person. In the shallower snowpack of the Ogden mountains, control work slides took out 4 to 8” of older snow to run on the January rain crust.


      Over the next 12 hours.

The wind slabs that I thought would be out there yesterday will probably be there today instead. The moderate to strong southeasterly winds will be forming denser drifts on northwest, north and northeasterly facing slopes along the higher ridgelines. The drifts will increase in depth, width and sensitivity as long as the winds keep blowing. Also be alert and avoid any drifts that form mid slope in the windiest drainages, cross loading along gully walls and mid slope breakovers. Careful cornice kicking is a good place to start, but won’t be as effective or safe once the wind drifts get large or form denser hard slabs.


      Over the next 12 hours.

Today’s winds will be loading the north half of the compass, aspects where there are some remaining persistent weak layers, which vary widely over short distances. There may be isolated places on more wind loaded slopes where a slide could step down into a deeper weak layer, near the crusts. As usual, shallower snow pack areas are weaker and potential trigger points.


      Over the next 10 hours.

The combination of partly cloudy skies and the wind should help keep any wet avalanche activity to a minimum. But if the clouds thin and the snow heats up where you are, wet loose sluffs running on the crust beneath may become easy to trigger on steep, sunny slopes.


Northern Utah will be under a southerly flow through the weekend, with mostly cloudy skies and periods of light snow. Today, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy and temperatures will warm into the low 30’s at 8,000’ and near 20 along the high ridgels. The southeasterly winds will remain brisk across the high elevation terrain, averaging 30 to 40 mph, with gusts in the 50’s to 60’s at times. Mid elevation terrain will average less than 20 mph, with gusts to 30. The main energy of the Pacific trough moving inland this weekend will be to the south of us, but the northern mountains will get periods of snow, with the best chance for accumulations Saturday night into Sunday. The mid week storm continues to look more organized, and more favorable for snow in the northern mountains.


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

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