Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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There remain pockets of a CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger on west through north through east facing slopes. Approach steeper slopes ONLY if you can positively identify that they have avalanched and have not been critically re-loaded. Any steep northerly slope that has no signs of recent avalanches should be avoided.


It was another great night for faceting, calm winds, clear skies and cold temperatures in the single digits to low teens. Just what our snowpack didn’t need. We’re working on a secondary weak layer on the surface right now that could pose a threat if it ever snows again. Continue to watch the surface as time goes on, looking for facets and listening for hissing under skis.


      Over the next 24 hours.

We’ll continue to sound like a broken record with this deep slab issue which is again your main concern today. Some settlement of the weak layer has occurred but any strengthening is very minimal in my opinion. No obs came in from the Ogden area but significant obs are coming in from the Central Wasatch. People are still reporting scattered collapsing. (DETAILS) Compression tests continue to show failure and propagation is still occurring with extended column tests, albeit stubborn. (DETAILS and more DETAILS). And the big thing, a very poor structure is revealed if you dig down and feel the loose facets under the big January storm layers. Overall, things are quieting down but don’t worry, you haven’t heard the last of this.


A few clouds may roll through and temperatures should warm just slightly higher than yesterday making it up to around 30 at 8000 feet and low 20s along the ridges. Light winds should be from the northeast. Temperatures will gradually warm through the week with occasional periods of clouds and bump in wind speeds now and then otherwise there’s absolutely nothing to look forward to as far as new snow.


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

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