Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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Most terrain has a low avalanche danger. The danger increases above 9000 feet on the northerly facing terrain. If you screw around with steep slopes in this terrain keep in mind that they’re the most likely spots to release. Watch for isolated areas where recent drifts have formed. Indicators to avalanche danger are cracking and or collapsing underfoot. Also, stiff hollow sounding snow with sugary cohesion-less grains underneath.


The mountains received just a trace to a couple of inches of new snow overnight with light northerly winds and temperatures in the single digits above 9500 feet or so. There’s now a few inches of fluff over a variable old snow surface consisting of wind crusts, sun crusts and loose faceted snow.


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The recent winds and new snow don’t seem to have changed avalanche conditions much. My biggest concern remains finding a pocket that may break into older weak snow, although I do think you have to hunt around to find an avalanche. Northerly facing terrain above 9500 feet is the most likely spots to trigger something. One of our top observers, Greg Gagne put it well in his observation from Silver Fork the other day: “Overall we were seeing poor structure (4 or 5 lemons), moderate strength, and low energy in the slab.” “Poor structure” refers to the weak faceted snow near the ground which sits under a slab. “Moderate strength” means the weak layer has some strength but not all that good. “Low energy” suggests that the slab doesn’t want to crack or propagate right now. This is exactly how I see it. It’s not terrifying as it sits but far from ideal.


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The winds seem to have hit the Ogden area mountains more then the Salt Lake and Provo areas. While I have not heard of any activity nor received any observations, I'd be a bit more cautious in the Ogden area mountains in dealing with recent wind drifts.


Skies should break a bit as the day progresses and we’ll see cool temperatures with 8000 foot highs only in the upper teens and lower teens along the ridges. Winds should remain light from the north with possibly a slight easterly component to them. We’ll see another weak impulse move through on Sunday afternoon bringing another dusting and continued cold temperatures. Things clear out and look dry for the remainder of the 7 day model run.


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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