Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Drew Hardesty


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While natural avalanches are not expected, we are on the upper end of a MODERATE danger for lingering storm snow and wind slab avalanches today. Human triggered slides are probable. Exercise caution in the steep upper elevation north to southeast facing terrain today. Cornices remain a significant concern for those travelling the ridgelines. Deep slab releases are unlikely, but potentially fatal upon release.


March is going out like a lion. Most areas picked up another 4-7” with the passing of the front yesterday, pushing storm totals to 10-16” since Sunday morning. The winds rocked and rolled during the afternoon, blowing 30-40mph with gusts to 60. Now, skies are clear, winds are near calm, and temps are in the single digits. Should be another of those days – get it while you can – because April Fools brings a heat wave.


Very heavy snowfall rates and strong westerly wind led to at least two rounds of storm snow natural cycles yesterday. While most hunkered in the more protected terrain, those walking the higher ridgelines reported widespread natural cornice fall and soft slab releases 1-3’ deep in the steep wind affected terrain.


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The natural cycle is 12 hours old and most of the storm snow and wind slab activity will have settled out. Still, some concern must be given to the interface of graupel at the new/old snow interface and lingering wind slabs sitting on lower density snow below. For those with discipline and skill in terrain management, these will be manageable or avoidable hazards. Use slope cuts and test slopes to make initial assessments in forgiving terrain. Start on gentler slopes with numerous options and no terrain traps before riding into the more radical terrain. Sluffing will also be likely on the steepest slopes and will be problematic in confined terrain with few places to hide.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Cornices are now being described by some by being as ‘large and pervasive as they come’. These monsters are too large to trifle with – with some easily breaking 10’ or more back from the edge. They will easily calve off on approach and be enough of a trigger to release both new and deep slab avalanches below. Going over the edge with the boxcar may result in serious traumatic injury even without triggering a slide.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Isolated Deep Slab Avalanches have ripped out with every loading event. I imagine that today’s good visibility will reveal some deeper releases from the past couple of days. Potential triggers today include cornice fall, another new snow avalanche stepping down, or multiple snowmachines on the slope at a time. Consequences remain severe.


Sunny skies will give way to increasing clouds with a weak storm passing by to the north. Temps will rise to near 20 at 10,000’ and near 30 at 8000’. Winds will be 10-15mph from the west, increasing to 15-20mph by tonight. This mid-week storm should bring some light rain to the valleys and snow to the mountains, particularly in areas north of I-80. The Logan mountains may see 4-8” by late Wednesday. Partly cloudy skies follow for the end of the week with temps skyrocketing to the low to mid 40s at 10,000’ by Friday. Wet avalanche hazard will certainly be on the rise by then.


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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