Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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The avalanche danger starts out mostly Level 1 (LOW) this morning but will rise to Level 2 (MODERATE) as temperatures warm. Sunny aspects at higher elevations and all aspects at lower elevations will be effected. Avoid runnout zones and gullies in areas where the snow is becoming damp.


Skies pretty much cleared out overnight and temperatures are cool in the mid teens to low 20s. Southerly winds remain fairly light in the mid elevations but did bump slightly in speed along the higher ridges and locations more exposed to southerly winds. Yesterday’s new snow was higher density with a bit of low density on top making for very nice riding. Cool temperatures along with some cloud cover kept it’s quality good on most aspects into the late afternoon with snow becoming damp on all aspects below around 8500 feet.


There were some minor slab avalanches within the new snow but most people found it not to be reactive. Sluffing was a more common occurrence within the top few inches but didn’t pose that much threat.


      Over the next 8 hours.

Heat related avalanche activity will be your biggest concern today. The newest snow will most likely become somewhat active on the sunny slopes in the high elevations. You will want to watch all aspects in the mid and lower elevations. I would avoid boot hiking up steep couliors today as you’re a sitting duck to anything that funnels in from above. MORE ON CHUTES Make sure you are in safe locations when you stop to rest, not below steeper sunny avalanche paths. Choose exits that don’t go into confined gullies especially at the lower elevations.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Winds may drift enough snow later today to form some fresh drifts along the upper elevation northerly aspects. Keep an eye out for changing conditions.


We’ll see partly cloudy skies with ridgetop temperatures into the upper 20s or low 30s. 8000 foot temperatures should get closer to 40. Southerly winds will increase as the day goes on and might be a bit annoying by the end of the day.


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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