Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Sunday - January 11, 2015 - 6:22am
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The avalanche danger is mostly Low. Very shallow sluffs and wind slab are possible in the higher terrain. Otherwise, human triggered avalanches are unlikely but not impossible. Some risk is always inherent in mountain travel.

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current conditions

Overcast with temps in the low to mid-20s. Generally light westerly wind but for the high ridgelines where they're blowing 20-30mph with a few gusts in the 40s.

It's all-you-can eat dust on crust skiing and riding out there, folks. We're looking at 2-3" of new across the range.

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

Don't be fooled by the green on the rose. Here are the primary concerns -

  • Shallow sluffs and shallow pockets of wind slab high in the wind zone at and above 9,000'.
  • Slide-for-life potential on the steep southerly aspects.
  • Northwest through easterly wind-loaded terrain above 7000' or so; especially in thinner, rocky terrain. The name persistent slab is well deserved.

By and large, the first issue will only be problematic if choosing unforgiving terrain today. For the others, these types of avalanches are unlikely, but not impossible.


Expect continued light snow through the morning hours with temps in the upper 20s. Winds should be generally light to moderate from the west. The next quick hitting system moves in tomorrow with a weak cold front arriving in the afternoon with most areas likely picking up an optimistic 6-10" of snow. High pressure rebuilds for Wed>Saturday with models hinting at the next storm moving in on Sunday.

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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.