Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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Also, I'll be giving a an avalanche talk at the Canyon Inn tonight at 7pm. There is a $5 entry fee that includes three raffle tickets. 21 years of age and older only. DETAILS


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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Most terrain has a low avalanche danger. There are a few pockets that have a MODERATE avalanche danger. These areas include very steep northerly facing terrain where a human initiated sluff can entrain enough snow to pack a punch. Perhaps you could find a small slab to release in the highest terrain also. In general, I feel comfortable getting into almost any terrain with caution on the steepest northerly slopes.


Overnight we had PERFECT weather for near surface faceting; clear skies, light winds and cold temperatures. Just what we needed to jump start the metamorphism of the newest snow into junk just like the rest of our snowpack.


No significant activity was reported but human triggered sluffs are packing enough punch to bowl a person over if they should get hit from above. OBSERVATION


      Over the next 24 hours.

Normal caution should be applied while traveling in the backcountry today. I’m including a few pockets of a MODERATE avalanche danger to remind folks about the larger sluffs and the remote chance of finding a small slab to break out. Both of these minor concerns will involve faceted snow in very steep terrain. It would be hard to get caught by a sluff as they’re very slow to get moving. Keep in mind that the sluff may remove most of the snow below you revealing rocks and making your descent difficult. Slabs are few and far between as the new snow was very low density and there wasn’t much wind over the last few days to promote slab formation. Also, the new snow is already starting to loosen due to the near surface faceting process.


Skies should cloud up today and we’ll see high temperatures in the mid 20s at 8000 feet and upper teens along the higher terrain. Winds will remain light from a westerly direction. The long term outlook continues to look bad. Looking at the 500mb level of the GFS model I see four more splitting systems to come through Dec 27th. As it looks now, the best we can hope for is minor dustings out of these. Constructive metamorphism will continue!


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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