Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Drew Hardesty


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Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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We'll have a MODERATE (L2) for new wind drifts along the high, lee north to east facing slopes. We also have Pockets of CONSIDERABLE (L3) for isolated deep slab releases on north to east facing terrain at the mid and upper elevations.


Riding conditions dramatically improved with Thursday’s 10-16" – though I trust it’s a teaser for this next series of storms due to impact northern Utah tomorrow through early Tuesday. We’re seeing the first hints with the mostly cloudy to overcast skies now. Temps, on the rise overnight, are in the upper 20s to low 30s in the 8000' range and in the upper teens along the high ridgelines. Winds are from the west to southwest, already blowing 25-30mph with gusts to 40mph on Ogden Peak.


Pretty quiet in the backcountry in the central Wasatch and the Provo area mountains, though the Ogden area mountains are still settling out from Thursday’s storm. We did receive a second hand report of a large ‘wall to wall’ natural avalanche near Thurston Peak – that complicated, expansive terrain south of I-84/Weber Canyon – that likely ran Thursday or Thursday night. One to two inches of what we call “snow-water-equivalent” and wind plus perhaps a large cornice fall may have been enough to pull out the larger slide into January layers…

Cooler temps and just enough cloud cover kept a lid on most of the wet activity, though some wet sluffing did occur at the lower elevations.


      Over the next 24 hours.

The increasing southwest winds will likely drift the settling snow into sensitive drifts along the high east to north facing terrain. These may be up to 16” deep or so with some good propagation, though test slopes, slope cuts and cornice drops should offer insight into the stability below.

Large natural and human triggered cornice falls over the past few days warrant continued caution along the drifted ridgelines.


      Over the next 12 hours.

Let’s take a look at the recent deep slab activity in the last week.

· Thurston Peak (Ogden mtns) – natural likely Thursday, estimated 9600’ on steep east to northeast aspect…

· Maybird Gulch of Little Cottonwood (SLC mtns) – natural on Wednesday, though of interest, it pulled out directly above the natural from Feb 20th. Looks like the Wednesday natural only had to pull out three sides of the four sides –as the lower/stauchwall (click on ‘starting zone’) was gone from three weeks ago. Roughly 10,400’ east to northeast facing slope.

· Bunnels of the south fork of Provo Canyon (Provo mtns) – intentional cornice drop and step down 4-6’ deep and 1000’ wide on Monday Feb 28 (other info) on a steep north to northeast facing slope at roughly 8650’.

Each of these took a significant load or had some other extenuating circumstances. Still, snowpit tests indicate that these suspect layers remain slow to heal with continued propagation potential. Initiation (or perhaps ‘triggerability’) will still be the key. In summary, it’s a good news/bad news thing. The good news is that there a few places where these can be triggered and it’ll very difficult to trigger them, but the bad news is that they’ll be devastating when they release.


The overcast skies are the trickle of water in the wash before the flash flood. Now that I’ve jinxed the next few days…tomorrow we’ll see snow by mid-morning and it should snow throughout the day with a rain/snow line at roughly 6500’. The storm marches through on a westerly flow, with areas north of I-80 looking to pick up maybe 6-10” or so; south of I-80 perhaps 4-8”. The next, colder storm arrives Monday through early Tuesday. In the meantime, we’ll have mostly cloudy to overcast skies, increasing west to southwest winds to 30mph, and temps in the low to mid 20s.


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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