Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Saturday - January 4, 2014 - 7:22am
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There is an overall MODERATE avalanche danger today. Human triggered avalanches are possible. Watch for fresh drifts on the northeast through southeast facing aspects. Watch for crossloaded pockets of wind drifted snow on all aspects.

current conditions

We've picked up around 2 inches of snow overnight, a legitimate refresher for this season. The wild card is the wind. It appears fairly gusty up in the high country with gusts in the 30s and 40s overnight. I would anticipate that these winds are blowing the new snow around quite a bit. Temperatures have plummeted into the mid teens and even single digits at the higher elevations.

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
over the next 24 hours

CONFIDENCE IS LOW WITH THIS AVALANCHE PROBLEM. It is very hard to forecast how the winds effected the new snow. It is possible that there are a bunch of fresh drifts that are quite sensitive. These drifts could perhaps be large enough to overload buried weak layers which would produce a much more dangerous avalanche compared to just a fresh wind slab.

However, it is also possible that we won't see much of a change in avalanche conditions. You are going to need to assess things thoroughly today. Use small steep test slopes whenever you see a chance to poke at a drift. Use ski cuts prior to diving into anything. Continue to prod at the new snow to get a feel of how easy it cracks.

You need to treat this as a dangerous situation until proven otherwise.


We may see a few lingering snow showers today without much accumulation anticipated. Temperatures will be in the teens. Winds will continue to be annoying from the northwest. Temperatures drop into the single digits tonight with showers ending. Things will clear out for Sunday but the pesky northerly winds will remain. Temperatures will get into the upper teens. It looks like there may be a few disturbances later next week that could add a few inches of snow.

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).

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