Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger is at Level 2 (MODERATE) for recent deposits of wind drifted snow mostly in the mid and upper elevation northerly facing terrain. Be wary of areas with a thinner overall snowpack where the addition of a recent drift plus a human trigger might get something to break into buried weak layers.


We have fairly mild temperatures in the mountains for the most part in the upper 20s to low 30s at many stations. Along the higher ridgetops they’re in the low 20s. Southerly winds have increased into the Moderate category with stronger gusts. Some stations show a hint of a southeast direction. Nice settled snow was still found in the low to mid elevation protected areas on Tuesday.


It finally got warm enough with enough direct sun to produce some natural wet activity on the southerly slopes on Tuesday. UDOT also triggered some with explosives mid day producing a few good sized piles of debris. Some skiers in Mineral Fork had a large cornice break at their feet. It entrained a little snow but did not fracture out the slope below. Other explosive testing in the Salt Lake region in non-skier compacted snow produced some avalanches breaking deeper into older weak snow. Is this something a skier, snowboarder or sledder could trigger?


      Over the next 24 hours.

Wind slabs remain the primary concern today. It seems like the wind can always find snow to blow around and form drifts. These will probably be fairly stubborn and if you trigger one, burial is unlikely but injuries certainly possible. There has been some natural activity not many days back breaking into deeper buried weak layers. With active wind loading today I'd be careful of any areas you suspect are harbouring deeper weak layers as they may be active with a new wind load and a trigger, you!


We’ll have increasing clouds with mild temperatures and breezy southwest winds. Ridgetop temperatures should max out in the upper 20s and winds will remain at moderate speeds with stronger gusts. We may see some snow flurries late in the afternoon as a series of disturbances starts to effect our area into Friday. Currently it looks like flurries tonight with a few inches possible then the best period of snowfall during the day Thursday perhaps adding 6 inches and flurries again Friday with a small amount of accumulation.


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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