Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Bruce Tremper


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The avalanche danger is mostly Moderate (level 2) today for wind slabs in upper elevation, wind exposed terrain. There are pockets of Considerable (level 3) danger for larger, scary avalanches breaking 2-4 feet deep, especially in shallow snowpack areas, such as outside of the core of the Wasatch Range.


It was a blustery day yesterday with strong winds from the southwest. Ridge top winds blew 30, gusting to 50. As the winds blew the moist, low-level moisture up the mountains, it created a maelstrom on the upwind side of the high mountains but the rest of the Wasatch Range remained relatively clear. The Logan area mountains received about 8 inches of new snow but only a couple inches in the Wasatch Range.

There is quite a bit of wind damage in the upper elevation wind-exposed terrain. There's sun crusts on anything that faces the south half of the compass and there is still a couple feet of soft, punchy powder on the sun and wind sheltered slopes. It's deep enough that snowmobilers are getting bogged down and trail breaking on skis is still a bit difficult because of a punchy, density inversion so something fat would be the tool of choice.


With people getting into more remote terrain, we received a dozen reports of large, deep avalanches that occured during the storm probably on Sunday. Many of these broke 2-4 feet deep to persistent weak layers near the rain crust from Martin Luther King weekend last month. You can read about many of these on our Current Conditions section.

Yesterday, Brett Kobernik and a couple UDOT forecasters visited the site of a very close call Sunday in the Provo area mountains. See their great report.

Avalanche activity from yesterday was much more tame. Most of the reports we heard about were shallow wind slabs along the upper elevation wind exposed terrain such as in Maybird.


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We are still worried about triggering deeper, more dangerous, avalanches 2-4 feet deep on buried, persistent weak layers. This danger is much worse in the periphery of the Wasatch Range in shallower snowpack areas. This is the classic, "low probability - high consequence" avalanche situation. Most of the cagy avalanche folks continue to stay on more conservative terrain.


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The very strong winds yesterday created fresh wind slabs especially in the upper elevation, wind exposed terrain. The winds were from the southwest, but they swirled into many different aspects. Wind slabs are smooth and rounded and often sound hollow or feel slabby. As always, avoid steep slopes with recent wind drifts. These will break out 6 inches to a foot deep and possily deeper in very drifted areas.


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With clear skies today, expect a few more damp to wet sluffs on the steep, sun exposed slopes.


Today will be a rest day between storms with relative light winds, clear skies and warmer temperatues. Ridge top temperatures will be around 20 degrees with a 10-15 mph wind from the southwest.

We have a potentially large storm this weekend starting late Thursday with the main pulse of snow on Friday. We could see a couple more feet of snow, but amounts and timing are uncertain due to the position of the stalled cold front. Be sure to monitor the latest weather forecasts.


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.

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

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