Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Evelyn Lees


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger remains CONSIDERABLE (Level 3) on steep upper elevation slopes facing northwest through east. Deep dangerous slides can be triggered in isolated places on slopes approaching 35 degrees or steeper. Pockets of CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger exist in similar terrain on mid elevation slopes.

Low angle shady slopes have fast turning in shallow powder, and are mostly supportable for snowmobiling.


Under partly cloudy skies, the light southwesterly winds are averaging less than 15 mph in the Ogden area mountains, except for Mt Ogden, which has just picked up to 25 mph, with gusts to 30. Temperatures are in the mid 20s to low 30s. Powder remains on shady upper elevation slopes, but the descriptions of the rain crust at the low to mid elevations in the Ogden area mountains sounds daunting.


No new avalanches reported yesterday, but for the past two days there have still been major widespread collapsing as people travel into terrain with no previous traffic, including upper Mill Creek and Mt Aire in Parleys Canyon.


      Over the next 24 hours.

To me, the above chart from Bruce’s book “Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain” depicts the current stability trend. The upper line shows the slow stabilization of a well developed persistent weak layer of faceted snow after a storm. Not only is the trend slower than we are used to here in the Wasatch, it also shows that perhaps snowpack never completely stabilizes - there will always be some sort of doubt as to stability and the chance of triggering a slide with a buried layer of faceted snow.

So - as the slab strengthens, the probability of triggering a deep slide on the facets is decreasing each day, but if you do trigger a slide, the consequence are still high – it could be deadly. The most likely place to trigger one of these slides is from a rocky or shallow snowpack area, where the slab is thinner or the facets are weaker, and avoiding the steep, west through north through east facing slopes avoids the problem.

Slopes that slid late in the storm are becoming a choice for turning and riding, but this takes expert level evaluation. “Repeaters” can happen – some slopes that slid early in the storm cycle have filled in enough that they can be triggered again, especially where wind drifted.


An approaching cold front will bring our last chance for snow in the near future. Clouds will gradually increase throughout the day, with light snow fall possible by late afternoon. 8,000’ highs will be in the low 30s and 10,000’ highs in the low 20s. The southwesterly winds will remain light, averaging less than 15 mph at 10,000’, with the highest peaks reaching 25 mph averages. Periods of light snow tonight, with snow totals of 2 to 5 inches are expected. Lingering clouds Thursday into Friday, with occasional snow flurries. Strong high pressure will return for the weekend, and looks to remain in place over Utah through all of next week.


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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