Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Tuesday - January 20, 2015 - 7:16am
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The overall avalanche danger is LOW in most terrain. There is still a "pockety" MODERATE avalanche danger for recent deposits of wind drifted snow mainly along the lee sides of the mid and upper elevation ridges. Consider consequences of even a small avalanche.

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AvaTech-SheJumps Happy Hour
When: Tuesday January 20th, 4-6PM Happy Hour
Where: Bandit's American Grill, 3176 East 6200 South, Cottonwood Heights, Utah 84121
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current conditions

Skies are starting to break up this morning and temperatures have dropped into the upper teens. Westerly winds were still a bit gusty overnight but have been decreasing in speed over the last few hours. Snow surface conditions vary greatly and include wind effected snow and melt freeze crusts. There is also some dense settled soft snow in the mid elevation sheltered terrain.

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

Wind slabs are your main concern out there today. With continued moderate wind speeds, we continue to see some drifting of the surface snow which forms these slabs. They may crack out on faceted snow in shallow locations. You may also find these in areas that have a deeper more stable snowpack with just a weak interface between the new wind slab and the previous snow surface. The probability for finding one of these is fairly low. The consequences of these pockets aren't all that great either unless you were to get surprised in exposed terrain above rocks, cliffs or trees. When evaluating your terrain today, continue to anticipate what may happen if you trigger a small pocket and it "bosses you around" a bit.


Skies will continue to clear out and we'll see ridgetop high temperatures in the low 20s. Westerly winds should continue to slow during the day. The high pressure ridge that we've been seeing all winter continues to affect our area well into next week. We'll have a couple of days of cooler weather then a warming trend into next week. It doesn't look like any significant storms for at least a week or so.

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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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.