Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Wednesday - January 28, 2015 - 6:26am
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A MODERATE danger for new snow avalanches exists in the upper elevations for loose snow sluffs and wind drifts up to a foot or so. Elsewhere the danger is LOW. Any new sluffing or shallow wind drifting should remain minor and manageable for old hands and other experienced backcountry travellers.

special announcement


Scientists from the Snow and Avalanche Lab at Montana State University are seeking more participants for their project examining decision making and travel in avalanche terrain. Their project aims to collect GPS location information (from your smartphone) and survey responses from backcountry skiers and riders to better understand what types of terrain are used and how decisions are made. Their focus is on backcountry skiers and riders of all abilities and experience.

For more information: www.montana.edu/snowscience/tracks For snowmobilers: www.montana.edu/snowscience/sleds

current conditions

It's actually snowing. The Ogden area mountains are reporting a 2-4" of new while areas north of I-80 have 3-5" thus far. Temps have dropped to the mid-20s; winds in the higher terrain are 20-25mph from the west and southwest.

recent activity


Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 24 hours

Any new snow should bond relatively well to the pre-existing warm, corrugated and heavily tracked snow surfaces. Still, wind drifts of up to a foot or so many be sensitive in the upper elevations. All things being equal, these are all quite manageable avalanche hazards where the snow will show it's cards with simple hand pits or slope cuts.


A weak system lifting northeast through the area will bring additional snow showers throughout the range today. Winds should swing around to the west and northwest and remain generally less than 15mph. Temps at the 10k level are forecasted to be in the low to mid-20s. The next storm driving out of the southwest should move through on Friday into early Saturday but has its sights set more on central and southern Utah. Weak ridging follows for the weekend with models suggesting a brief return to a moist westerly flow by 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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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

Discount lift tickets are now available at Backcountry.com.  Thanks to Ski Utah and the Utah Resorts.  All proceeds go towards paying for Utah Avalanche Center avalanche and mountain weather advisories.

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.