Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Evelyn Lees for Thursday - January 22, 2015 - 6:52am
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The avalanche danger is LOW, and there are only isolated places where an avalanche could be triggered. Watch for isolated new wind drifts along the high ridgelines, loose dry sluffs on steep northerly facing slopes and the possibility of a few damp sluffs on steep southerly facing slopes. Even a small slide can have serious consequences in radical terrain, if it takes you for a long ride or through rocks, trees and cliffs.

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Our first 3 hour Companion Rescue class is Friday, January 30th at 5:30 pm at Brighton. Hone both your beacon skills and rescue scene management and team work skills. For more info and to sign up, click HERE.

current conditions

It’s another chilly start to the day, with most mountain stations in the Ogden area mountains in the teens. The northerly winds are averaging 20 mph along the high ridge lines, but once you drop into the mid elevation terrain, typical speeds are less than 10 mph. Soft, untracked snow is a rare commodity these days, but search on northerly facing, wind sheltered slopes at the mid and upper elevations. Elsewhere, it’s mostly a mix of supportable to breakable sun and wind crusts. With warmer temperatures today, the steep sunny slopes may soften briefly.

Does the winter seem warmer and drier than usual? Here is a 60 day graph showing departures from normal temperatures on the left, and a 90 day percent of average precipitation on the right.

recent activity

No avalanche activity was reported from the backcountry yesterday.

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

Low danger doesn’t mean no danger - use normal caution if you head into the steeper terrain. Watch for and evaluate -

Wind drifts and cornices: there were reports of a few, shallow hollow feeling wind drifts along the high ridgelines, on easterly aspects. A few new cornices were noted on southeasterly facing slopes. Avoid both, especially on and above steep slopes.

Loose sluffs: the surface snow continues to weaken, and triggering small sluffs is possible in steep shady terrain at the mid and upper elevations.

Wet sluffs: with warmer temperatures today, the snow on steep southerly facing slopes may warm enough to allow for a few wet sluffs, especially with a push.

Slab avalanche: the very isolated chance of triggering a slide failing on surface hoar on sheltered, mid elevation slopes


The great warm up is starting, with 10,000’ temperatures expected to reach the low 40s by Monday. Today, they’ll warm into the mid-20s under clear, sunny skies. The northerly winds will slowly decrease, and shift to a more westerly direction tonight. A few mid and high level clouds will move through tonight, and again on Saturday and Sunday, though high pressure will be the dominate theme into early next week.

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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UDOT canyon closures:  LINK TO UDOT, or on Twitter, follow @UDOTavy, @CanyonAlerts or @AltaCentral

Utah Avalanche Center mobile app - Get your advisory on your iPhone along with great navigation and rescue tools.

Wasatch Powderbird Guides Blog/Itinerary for the Day.  

Lost or Found something in the backcountry? - http://nolofo.com/

Ski Utah mobile snow updates

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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.