Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Drew Hardesty


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger remains MODERATE on localized steep, northwest, north and northeasterly facing slopes above about 9,500’, where a person could trigger a 1 to 2’ deep avalanche. While the chance of triggering one of these deeper avalanches is decreasing, the consequences of getting caught remain the same - a terrible, rocky, pounding ride that might be unsurvivable.


Another weak little wave came and went. Skies cleared overnight with temps now in the upper 20s at most mountain stations. Westerly winds are generally light. Wind, sun, and temperature crusts (even on the higher northerly aspects) make for challenging riding (it was pointed out that my 9 year old son has fatter skis than I do) but then again we all go in to the mountains for different reasons. Dry winters make stoics and philosophers of us all.


We’ve had no reports of any significant cracking, collapsing or avalanche activity since Friday.


      Over the next 24 hours.

“He ain’t dead, he’s just asleep.” Snow structure remains poor and snow stability tests continue to produce evidence that the old October/November rotten snow 1-2’ down may still activate with human triggering in isolated terrain. Complicating matters is the weak snow developing at or just beneath the snow surface. If and when it snows – perhaps Wednesday night’s winds may suffice (more below), I’ll expect avalanches on both interfaces. It won’t be pretty.


Ski Wendover has a nice ring to it. The next Pacific storm arrives late Wednesday – we may see up to 4” or so – but it’ll all be blown toward Nevada with the accompanying strong easterly winds. The storm subsequently dives further south and spins over the CA/AZ border, though one weather model hints at something over the weekend. I wouldn’t get too excited.

In the meantime, we’ll have mostly sunny skies today, light westerly winds, and temps in the low to mid 30s at 10k and low 40s at 8000’.


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)

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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