Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Evelyn Lees for Wednesday - January 21, 2015 - 6:47am
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The avalanche danger is LOW. While generally safe avalanche conditions exist, unstable snow could occur on isolated terrain features. If you are in steep or radical terrain, have a defensive attitude – even a small slide can have serious consequences if it takes you off a cliff, for a long ride through rocks or into trees.

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current conditions

It’s a beautiful cold, clear morning in the Ogden area mountains, with temperatures in the teens at most elevations. The northerly winds are currently very light – averaging less than 15 mph at all mountain stations. Mid to upper elevation, wind sheltered shady slopes still offer a bit of soft snow. Elsewhere, it’s mostly a mix of breakable sun and wind crusts. Watch out for hitting rocks and stumps in shallow snowpack areas, which exist on almost all aspects and elevations.

Left: wind hammered alpine snow Salt Lake mtns (pc todd Leeds)

recent activity

No avalanche activity was reported from the backcountry yesterday, though the snow is starting to sluff in the steepest terrain. You can always check out the season’s avalanche history on our Avalanche page.

Small sluff in steep terrain, Park City mountains (pc Mark White)

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

The weather is starting to bore both the snow pack and the forecasters. I find this sometimes makes it even harder to focus on the small, but important snow pack details and low risk travel procedures that help keep you safe. Even with a generally LOW danger, today’s concerns include:

  • Shallow new wind drifts could form along the highest ridge lines this afternoon, as the northerly wind speeds increase.
  • Small sluffs are possible in the weakening surface snow, which could knock you off balance in the steepest terrain.
  • It’s only been 4 days since a couple of slides pulled out on surface hoar on sheltered, mid elevation slopes.
  • One at a time in avalanche terrain, and pick the safest spots you can to stop.

Winter could really use a jump start, but none is in sight. We’ll have another day of clear skies and cool temperatures as a northerly flow keeps the air mass cold. Highs today will be in the mid-20s at 8,000’, and in the teens along the ridge lines. The northerly winds will increase slightly as the day goes on – late afternoon speeds could reach 25 to 35 mph averages across the highest peaks. It will be clear and cold again tonight, with temperatures dropping into the single digits to near zero. High pressure will dominate through Tuesday, with Monday looking to be the warmest day.

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).

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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.