Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Thursday - December 26, 2013 - 7:04am
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The avalanche danger remains CONSIDERABLE on west through north through east facing steep slopes above 7000 feet. Human triggered avalanches are likely. Easy and safe backcountry travel is abundant by avoiding the steeper slopes. Be careful to not let the nice weather and great conditions make you forget about the avalanche danger.

special avalanche bulletin

HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES LIKELY IN MANY AREAS OF NORTHERN UTAH.  The combination of recent snow resting on pre-existing weak layers has created unstable avalanche conditions.  Beautiful weather and lot's of people heading into the mountains during the holidays with these dangerous avalanche conditions is just the recipe for an accident.  Keep off of and out from underneath steep slopes that face west through north through east.

current conditions

Skies are clear. Temperatures were pretty mild overnight in the mid 20s. Ridgetop winds increased in speed a bit again but mainly just over the higher ridges and peaks. Riding conditions remain very nice on most aspects.

Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 24 hours

It becomes more difficult for us out there as obvious signs of avalanches decrease over time. When we don't have reminders like collapsing of the snowpack beneath us or being able to see recent avalanches, it is easy to forget about the danger that is still present. The nice weather and great riding conditions also help shroud the danger. It's still there.


We have another nice day in store with mostly sunny skies with perhaps a few high clouds. Ridgetop temperatures will get into the mid 20s and low 30s. Northwest winds may be a bit gusty along the highest terrain, otherwise light to moderate speeds are expected in most areas. We should see another fairly similar day on Friday. A weak splitting trough will push through this weekend which will cool temperatures and perhaps produce a few clouds and a minor chance for a light snow shower.

general announcements

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.

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 and Park City – Alta Central (801-742-2033), Canyons Resort Dispatch (435-615-3322)

Snowbasin Resort Dispatch (801-620-1017), Powder Mountain Dispatch (801-745-3772 x 123).

Sundance Dispatch (801-231-4150)

DAWN PATROL Hotline updated daily by 5-530am - 888-999-4019 option 8.

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