Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


We are doing a free avalanche talk tonight at Black Diamond which will focus on the deep slab issue and how to deal with complex radical terrain. Speakers are Brett Kobernik, Dave Richards and Andrew McClean.


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 in the upper elevations. Many steep slopes facing west through north through east are still unpredictable. Many seasoned backcountry travelers continue to avoid them.


Overnight temperatures were in the upper teens to mid 20s and winds were light to moderate from the northwest.


No new avalanches were reported from Wednesday. A few folks have noted surface hoar that has been buried in tact under yesterday’s skiff of snow or from some recent drifting. It will be important to figure out if this scenario is widespread in distribution. I’m asking you to do a little homework for us and see if you can find surface hoar that’s been buried in tact as you travel today and let us know what you find.


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How many different ways can we say deep slabs are you’re primary concern? I’m not sure but I think I’m running out. With no new avalanches and only scattered collapsing being reported, the biggest red flag is the poor structure which you can identify by digging down deep or inserting a ski pole through the pack looking for deeper layers with less resistance then those higher in the pack.


We’ll see clouds continuing to break and temperatures getting into the low 30s at 8000 feet and mid 20s along the ridges with light to moderate northwest winds. A series of storms are lined up starting Saturday but they all look like they’re attempting to split. This follows the pattern of our winter up to now so I don’t have high hopes for any significant snowfall but we may get enough to freshen things up out there.


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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