Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


Drew Hardesty will be giving a free Avalanche Awareness talk at the SLC REI tonight at 7pm. Registration at http://www.rei.com/stores/19 is recommended.

There are a number of slots open for our Advanced Avalanche Workshop later this month. Brett Kobernik will lead this class which will focus on our remarkable weak layer formation this year and persistent weakness in general. DETAILS


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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Danger Rose Tutorial

There are pockets of a CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger. The most likely areas to find an avalanche are in the mid to upper elevation northwest through east aspects that have old weak snow with a recent slab on top. It is hard to judge which slopes have a slab present until you’re already on them so, unless you’re absolutely sure, it’s best to avoid the steep terrain. It is very difficult for me to trust steep slopes when a persistent weakness is present.


Under clear skies, temperatures are very mild, only in the mid 30s at the 9000 to 10000 foot level. Winds are light from the west. The snow surface conditions are variable with every condition present except deep powder.


      Over the next 24 hours.

“Persistent” is an adjective that we use to describe a type of weak layer in regards to a slab. There are a slew of definitions for the word "persistent":

1) lasting or enduring tenaciously.

2) existing for a long or longer than usual time.

and my favorite... 3) characterized by a specified habitual behavior pattern, especially a dishonest or undesirable one.

A persistent weakness is comprised of either faceted grains and or surface hoar. They are the bane of the backcountry enthusiasts existence. They are responsible for the majority of bad avalanche accidents and fatalities here in Utah. They can heal to the point where they're not dangerous any more ONLY after a significant amount of snow followed by enough time for settlement and bonding to occur. Our persistent weakness hasn't even reached it's apex of danger yet, let alone start to heal. In some places there isn't even a slab present, just all weak snow which is getting weaker. In others the recent skiff of snow and stronger winds have formed a slab that's scattered about and is sensitive to people screwing with it. With a persistent weakness, you’re patience needs to be persistent as well. These persistent slabs will collapse and fail long after you thought they should be stable. Only if you are 100% certain that there is not a slab over facets should you get onto steep slopes.


It’ll be another day with very mild weather in the mountains. Skies will have a few high clouds. Temperatures will get into the upper 40s at 8000 feet and remain in the 30s along the ridges. West winds will increase into the moderate category. Temperatures cool slightly on Friday and we’ll see a very minor disturbance on Saturday which should produce snow flurries and perhaps a few inches. High pressure builds back in Sunday.


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..

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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