Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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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. If you mess around with steep terrain don't be surprised if you find a little trouble.


Overnight we've had light winds generally from the northwest and cooler temperatures, in the upper teens to low 20s. Here's the latest on the faceting: PART5


      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. (Example 1, Example 2) It's 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 but on the other hand you don't need much of a slab to cause our very weak snow to collapse.


Winds will bump in speed slightly and perhaps shift a little to the northeast. High temperatures won't be quite as warm as Sunday. They should get up to around 30 at 8000 feet and the low to mid 20s along the ridges. We'll have partly cloudy skies. The GFS weather model continues to hint at a storm for Wednesday night into Thursday that might give us some accumulation.


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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The information in this advisory is from the U.S. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

We will update this forecast tomorrow morning. Thanks for calling.

This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done.  This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

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