Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Monday - January 19, 2015 - 7:20am
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The overall avalanche danger is LOW in most terrain. The avalanche danger is at the low end of MODERATE for triggering a drift in the very steep upper elevation terrain. Again, consider consequences of even a small avalanche.

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current conditions

Winds were a bit gusty on Sunday. People noted that some drifting was occurring mostly in the higher terrain with mention of things getting stirred up in a few of the mid elevation drainages. There has been quite a bit of wind damage in the higher terrain. Wind direction has been mostly from the west and speeds have slowed slightly since yesterday. We are seeing moderate speeds along the ridges with gusts in the 30s along the higher peaks.

Temperatures were quite warm on Sunday making the snow damp on all elevations below around 8000 feet. You'll find melt freeze crusts on east, south and west aspects in the higher terrain. Temperatures remained fairly mild overnight and are in the mid to upper 20s at most stations with some readings in the low 30s. We have some clouds moving through currently.

recent activity

No significant avalanche activity was reported from Sunday.

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

Triggering a newer wind slab will be the most likely type of avalanche problem today. That being said, I think these newer drifts are fairly stubborn and not all that likely to release. Continue to watch for cracking as you travel today. Watch for "pillowy" looking drifts and hollow sounds. Consider the terrain you are in and what will happen if even a small slab catches you off guard.


We'll see some clouds move through today with moderate speed west and northwest winds. We'll probably still have a few stronger gusts along the high terrain today. There's a slight chance for snow flurries. Temperatures won't get a whole lot warmer than the current readings and we'll see a slow cooling trend into mid week with a northerly flow. Skies clear more on Tuesday with lighter wind speeds and ridgetop highs in the upper 20s.

general announcements

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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.