Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Wednesday - December 10, 2014 - 6:45am
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Most terrain has an overall LOW avalanche danger. Continue to follow safe backcountry protocol by only putting one person on a slope at a time. Anticipate sluffing of the snow surface on the steeper high elevation shady terrain.

special announcement

Evelyn will be the featured speaker for tonight's Community Avalanche Talk at Treasure Mountain Jr. High School in Park City at 6:30pm. These are great free events sponsored by the Canyons Pro Ski Patrol Association.

current conditions

Skies are clear to partly cloudy, temps in the upper 20s and low 30s, winds hardly a whisper. Riding conditions consist of supportable and softening melt-freeze crusts on the southern end of the compass, decent recycled powder in the shadows. Total depths out there are roughly 12-18" on the ground.

These days it seems like everybody and their dog writes a Blog...and we decided to get into the game a couple years ago. Below is the current snapshot of the snowpack across the upper Colorado Basin states (Wyoming, Utah, Colorado). I've elaborated on this a touch more here -

recent activity

No activity of note but for some shallow surface sluffs in the ever-weakening surface snow in the steeper northerly terrain.

If "Recent Activity" can include the last 10 seasons, I took a look at the last 10 years of avalanche fatalities across the state. What's the trend? Where do they occur...and to whom? One might look at a running average of 4 fatalities/year against explosive growth in backcountry use over the past 10 years and draw any number of conclusions.

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

Most of the danger includes the potential for a slide-for-life on the steep southerly pre-thaw crusts, the off-chance of getting knocked off your feet by a shallow surface sluff on the steep shady terrain, or getting tripped up in the graveyard of rocks, stumps, or dead-fall in the thinner snowpack areas.


Another day of high and dry. Temps will warm into the 40s in the alpine and winds should remain light and variable. A Pacific storm off the coast will move inland and through the intermountain west by late Friday and last through early Sunday. Ahead of the trof, temps and winds increase by early Friday, with southerly winds expected in the 30-40mph range. The weather models suggest the storm will split just prior to entering the state, though we should be lined up for a 4-8" event. In any event, this marks the beginning of a somewhat more progressive weather pattern with another perhaps splitting storm due to arrive on Tuesday.

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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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.