Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Tuesday - December 9, 2014 - 6:55am
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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. Anticipate sluffing of the snow surface on the steeper high elevation shady terrain.

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 warmer. Winds are very light from the southwest. The snow surface continues to loosen on the upper elevation northerly aspects with skier initiated sluffing noted on Monday.

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type aspect/elevation characteristics
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.


It's going to be another warm day with light winds. We'll see a few clouds here and there. Highs will in the upper 40s at 8000 feet and upper 30s along the highest ridges. Mild weather continues with even warmer temperatures Wednesday and Thursday. Southwest winds start increasing on Thursday as a storm starts making it's way toward our region. We should see snow Friday night into Saturday. Weather models differ a bit on water amounts but perhaps 4 to 10 inches isn't out of the question.

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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UDOT canyon closures:  LINK TO UDOT

Utah Avalanche Center mobile app - Get your advisory on your iPhone along with great navigation and rescue tools.

Wasatch Powderbird Guides Blog/Itinerary for the Day.  

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

Ski Utah mobile snow updates

Discount lift tickets will soon be available at Backcountry.com - Thanks to Ski Utah and the Utah Resorts.  All proceeds go towards paying for Utah Avalanche Center avalanche and mountain weather advisories.

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.