Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Wednesday - January 8, 2014 - 7:12am
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INCREASING AVALANCHE DANGER THROUGH THE WEEKEND. For today there is a MODERATE avalanche danger. Human triggered avalanches are possible in localized areas. Avoid slopes over 35 degrees in steepness with recent deposits of wind drifted snow on lee sides of the higher ridges. Keep in mind that there is an abundance of very weak faceted snow that is being covered up with new snow and wind drifted snow.

special announcement

Lots of upcoming talks this week (see FULL CALENDAR HERE):

  • Tonight, January 8th, 7pm in Park City - Hosted by the Canyons Ski Patrol, Brett Kobernik will be talking about persistent weak layers and how to manage them. This will be a combination of technical information and practical application. Held at the Treasure Mountain Junior High (2530 Kearns Blvd, Park City).
  • Thursday, January 9th, 7:30pm in SLC/Black Diamond store - As with the style of a "fireside chat", Drew Hardesty will be talking about a number of informal topics, including current conditions, avalanche problems and associated travel recommendations.
  • Thusday, January 9th, 6pm - Wildflower Lounge, Snowbird - Utah Adventure Speaker Series presents Noah Howell (co-founder of Powderwhore Productions) talks about backcountry skiing adventures.
current conditions

The avalanche danger will be on the rise through the weekend. Yesterday kicked off a series of storms that should produce an active slab this week. Only a trace of snow fell but there was a little wind that was drifting snow a bit. Gusty west winds from Tuesday have decreased in speed and are generally light right now. Ridgetop temperatures are in the low to mid 20s. Riding conditions have been getting better since the weekend storm.

Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 24 hours

The persistent weak layers are basically dormant right now. Exceptions perhaps would be in the upper elevation lee sides of ridges where wind has formed slabs. This will most likely change as we add more snow this week. These layers will most likely produce human triggered avalanches at some point. I doubt today will be very dangerous but if you have been getting into steeper terrain recently, you will want to change your habits as we build a slab this week.


We'll see snow this morning, a break then lingering showers through the day with 1 to 4 inches if we're lucky. Westerly winds will stay fairly light. Ridgetop temperatures will be in the low to mid 20s. Another system will move through Thursday afternoon bringing another shot of snow. Temperatures will dip into the teens. Northwest winds increase on Friday with snow showers possible. A decent cold front looks to move through Saturday night with another good shot of snow. We will probably add around 1 inch of water weight and probably 6 to 10 inches of settled snow by the end of the weekend.

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)

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