Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Saturday - April 12, 2014 - 6:45am
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The overall avalanche danger is MODERATE today. There is a low probability of getting caught in a wet avalanche but the consequences are high. If you're considering a significant outing in the high country, it may be better to wait until temperatures cool down on Sunday.

special announcement

The Utah Avalanche Center is winding down for the season - we'll do early morning forecasts through this weekend (Sunday April 13th) and then issue intermittent advisories through the end of April.

current conditions

It was the fourth night in a row of overnight low temperature readings well above freezing. Most locations were around 40 degrees with a low of 36 degrees at 11,000 feet. Winds are generally light from the southwest.

recent activity

There was a wet slab avalanche reported from Mineral Fork (Room of Doom) on Friday but timing on it's release is unknown. It's suspected to have released earlier Friday or perhaps Thursday. DETAILS

PHOTO: Aaron Rice

There was also some more loose wet activity reported from Friday. Below is south facing Mt Superior in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

PHOTO: Mark Saurer - "A fresh class 2 wet loose avalanche rolled off high superior, over-ran debris from Wednesday then the whole mass started moving."

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
over the next 10 hours

In theory, today's cloud cover should slow wet avalanche activity. However, with four nights in a row of above freezing temperatures and lots of water percolating through the pack, it's hard to trust many slopes. Below is a chart of the Mill D North Snotel site which shows a loss of snow water equivalent over the last four days. I'd avoid being on or below many steep slopes today especially in thin snowpack areas as well as in areas known for glide avalanches such as Stairs and Broads Fork.


We'll see some clouds today with 8000 foot high temperatures around 50 and in the 40s along the ridgetops. Westerly winds will be in the light to moderate speed category. There's a slight chance for a snow flurry. A storm will move through tonight producing some accumulations in the 1 to 4 inch range with much colder temperatures. High pressure returns early in the week with another cold front on Wednesday.

general announcements

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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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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.