Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Evelyn Lees for Saturday - December 6, 2014 - 6:28am
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The avalanche danger in the Ogden area mountains is mostly LOW, though it may still be possible to trigger a slide on upper elevation slopes facing northwest through north through northeast. It could be a shallow old wind drift or ice crust, on possibly a slide breaking near the ground on facets.

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current conditions

Under cloudy skies, temperatures remained warm overnight, in the upper 20s to upper 30s in the Ogden area mountains. The southwesterly winds are light, averaging less than 15 mph at most stations. Even across the highest ridgelines, speeds are only averaging to 20 mph, with occasional gusts to 40.

Though shallow, the snow is generally supportable, making for reasonable travel conditions if you can get up high, whether you are snowmobiling, touring or snowshoeing. Packed trails and roads are the best access to higher terrain, . All other aspects and the low elevations will be frozen crusts in the mornings (with slide for life potential on icy slopes), and may be slower to soften today due to the clouds. Here are some observations from yesterday:

Ogden 12/5/2014 Observation: Ogden Evelyn Details
Ogden 12/5/2014 Observation: Cutler Ridge Tim Beaman Details
recent activity

No new avalanches were reported from the backcountry.

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

While the danger in the Ogden area mountains is mostly low, the focus is still on facets near the ground and any old, lingering wind drifts. There is a lot of variability in the shallow early season Ogden snow pack. Snow pits are showing basal facets ranging from moist and strengthening to dry, sugary and loose, and not always with a logical pattern. A snow pit or quick hand pit on one slope may not be representative of the snow pack on another slope.

There is an isolated chance of triggering a slide on the upper elevation, northerly facing slopes on these basal facets, an old, hard, hollow sounding wind drift or the frozen surface crust. Even a small slide knocking you off balance could send you for a ride down a hard icy slope.


It will be mostly cloudy today, with a slight chance for snow flurries as a weak splitting storm system moves across Utah. Ridge line temperatures will be near 30, 8000’ temperatures will warm to near 40. The southwesterly winds will be light, generally averaging less than 15 mph, with the high peaks occasionally gusting to near 30 mph. Looking to the future, there is unfortunately not much to talk about in the weather department. High pressure and above average temperatures will dominate our weather until around Friday, when there is hope for a little snow.

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, 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).

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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.