Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Tuesday - February 25, 2014 - 6:58am
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The overall avalanche danger is MODERATE today which means human triggered avalanches are possible. Southerly facing slopes as well as all aspects at lower elevations should be monitored for daytime heating. Upper elevation north through east facing slopes have an isolated potential for a larger more dangerous avalanche.

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current conditions

Winds were light from the west overnight and temperatures were mild in the mid to upper 30s along the mid elevations and upper 20s at the highest locations. Skies were clear.

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

Avalanche conditions are as quiet as they've been but don't let your guard down. Continue to pay attention to changing conditions as you change elevations and aspects. Watch for areas with recent wind drifts and other areas where the snow is becoming too wet. When avalanche conditions become more quiet, we tend to take more risks in more serious terrain but keep in mind that the more radical terrain is where you still may trigger a deep slab avalanche. Continue to put one person on a slope at a time when in avalanche terrain. Be aware of what's above you and don't linger in runout zones.

Here are bullet points to keep in mind for today:

  • HEAT RELATED AVALANCHE ACTIVITY - watch southerly facing slopes as they heat up with direct sun today. Wet loose snow avalanches may occur. Be careful on all aspects at the lower elevations and watch for areas where the entire pack is wet and punchy. Stay off of and out from under steep slopes when you find these conditions.
  • DEEP SLAB AVALANCHES - these are still possible in isolated places. Explosive testing in uncompacted terrain at ski resorts Monday popped out a hanging snowfield which broke into weak faceted snow. This demonstrates one type of terrain where these are still likely. Overall shallower snowpack areas are also more likely to have deep slab issues. Deep slab avalanches are most likely on the upper elevation north through east facing slopes.
  • CORNICES - these have grown fairly large over the last week and are somewhat sensitive. Warming trends often lend to more sensitivity. Give cornices a wide berth as they often break farther back than anticipated.

We're going to have mostly clear to partly cloudy skies as a system tries to brush north eastern Utah today. Temperatures will be fairly warm with highs in the low 40s along the mid elevations. Winds should stay fairly light and be from the west. We'll have another fairly nice day on Wednesday. It looks like a storm will move in on Thursday with a break Friday then picking back up Saturday and Sunday.

general announcements

Remember your information can save lives. If you see anything we should know about, please participate in the creation of our own community avalanche advisory by submitting snow and avalanche conditions. You can also call us at 801-524-5304 or 800-662-4140, email by clicking HERE, or include #utavy in your tweet or Instagram.

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 (801-223-4150)

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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 exist.