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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The avalanche danger remains CONSIDERABLE for triggering deep slab avalanches in mid and upper elevation west through north through east southeast facing slopes that aren’t much steeper then 30 degrees. I continue to avoid my favorite terrain which I just described. Instead, I’m going to pick up a pair of these and start doing a whole different type of touring then I usually do. My sled stays in the meadows as well.


Clouds are moving in and we have mild temperatures in the mid to upper 20s and even a few low 30s with moderate west southwest winds. Ogden Peak speeds have been on the increase over the last 24 hours and Powder Mountain reports somewhat gusty conditions. The snow surface is settled powder with some wind effect in higher terrain and is quite set up because of warm temps at lower elevations and more sunny aspects.


No recent avalanches have been reported from the Ogden area but there are numerous from other regions. Check Current Conditions for details on them.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Deep slab avalanches failing on weak preexisting snow remain the number one threat out there today. It’s more difficult to judge this now as things are not totally obvious. You may travel the entire day without experiencing a collapse. You may beat on your snow pit tests until your hand is bruised with no results. I wouldn’t hold stock in either of these poor investments. Concentrate on structure. Until we build a strong foundation under our “bridge” (slab) all bets are off.

Drew put it well yesterday: ”High level backcountry experts are choosing terrain that A-has already avalanched with little likelihood of repeating, B-holds little to no weak faceted snow, or C-has a modest enough slope angle that it will not slide (nor is it connected to steeper terrain above). Or D-all of the above.”

I’d add if you are not as experienced, you should avoid any steep slope. Be honest with yourself and only attempt steeper terrain if you can positively identify everything in Drew’s statement.


      Over the next 24 hours.

There may be some minor instability near the surface from recent and upcoming wind drifted snow. Keep an eye on all crossloaded terrain features as well as the predominant aspects you'd expect these on.


We settle into a westerly flow starting today which will increase wind speeds a bit from time to time and perhaps produce a little snowfall without much more then a few inches expected. More northern Utah appears to have a better chance with these flurries. Temperatures will remain fairly warm today in the low 30s at 8000 feet and a bit cooler along the ridges. West winds may bump up a bit today.

Check in with our mid day mountain weather forecast (Current Conditions->Mountain Weather->Salt Lake) which is derived from model data, National Weather Service forecasters and our own gut instincts.


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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