Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Monday - December 8, 2014 - 7:00am
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The avalanche danger is LOW in most locations today. Continue to follow safe backcountry protocol by only putting one person on a slope at a time. Evaluate your terrain and the snowpack on that terrain carefully.

special announcement

Check out the Knowledge is Powder video for snowmobilers. The Utah Avalanche Center, with major funding from the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association, has released a very exciting 9-minute, avalanche safety video for snowmobilers. You can view it on Vimeo. Here is the link: https://vimeo.com/113677686. Great job by Trent Meisenheimer, Craig Gordon and everyone who helped shoot, provide footage, act and all the extras.

current conditions

Mild temperatures continue with most mountain locations hovering around freezing or a bit higher. Temperatures are in the mid to upper 20s along the highest peaks. Winds are very light from the southwest. We have thin cloud cover.

We continue to monitor changes in the snowpack during the current stretch of high pressure. Basal facets have shown improvement in strengthening in the deeper locations. Shallow areas are becoming loose through the entire pack above around 9000'. Near surface faceting is occurring above 9000' on northwest, north and northeast facing terrain. The key is monitoring these changes prior to the next storm so we can anticipate how a new snow load will behave.

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over the next 24 hours

There is generally a LOW avalanche danger today. Keep in mind LOW does not mean NO. It means the chances for getting caught in an avalanche are pretty slim. If you are getting into steep radical shady terrain in the upper elevations, this might be the place you could find trouble.


We'll see some thin clouds this morning but overall it'll be another nice day with mild temperatures and fairly light southwest winds. Highs will be around freezing along the upper ridges. We'll be under a ridge of high pressure with continued mild conditions through the week. The pattern looks active after Friday when a storm should move through on Saturday bringing snow. Weather models are showing a number of storms in the distance.

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).

Sundance Dispatch (801-223-4150)

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DAWN PATROL Hotline updated daily by 5-530am - 888-999-4019 option 8.

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Wasatch Powderbird Guides Blog/Itinerary for the Day.  

Lost or Found something in the backcountry? - http://nolofo.com/

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To those skinning uphill at resorts:  it is your responsibility to know the resort policy on uphill travel.  You can see the uphill travel policy for each resort here. IMPORTANT: Before skinning or hiking at a resort under new snow conditions, check in with Ski Patrol.  Resorts can restrict or cut off access if incompatible with control and grooming operations.

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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.