Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Saturday - February 14, 2015 - 6:39am
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The danger is mostly LOW this morning before pushing into the MODERATE category for wet avalanches during the heat of the day. Avoid being in the steep sun-exposed terrain when the snow starts to become wet, sloppy, and unsupportable.

special announcement

If you haven’t caught it yet, check out the recent Utah Adventure Journal article on Drew Hardesty HERE, including his safety oriented Backcountry Project ideas.

Backcountry 101 for Snowshoers. Snowshoeing in the backcountry is safer and more fun when you have at least a basic understanding of avalanches. You'll learn about recognizing avalanche terrain and become proficient in companion rescue. Join us Thursday February 19th from 5:30-8:30pm and Saturday February 21st from 8:30am-4:00pm. Space is limited. Sign up HERE.

Women's Intro to Avalanches at Snowbasin. Join us February 19th and 21st for a Women's Intro to Avalanches at Snowbasin. This workshop begins with a three hour evening class in Ogden, followed by a 6 hour on-the-snow field day. Taught by Paige Pagnucco, Evelyn Lees and several others from the Utah Avalanche Center and members of Snowbasin Ski Patrol. Space is limited. Sign up HERE.

current conditions

Skies are clear to partly cloudy along the Wasatch Range. Winds are generally light from the west; temps are in the upper 30s and low 40s. Snow surface conditions range from February corn on the southerlies to soft settled dense powder in the sheltered northerly terrain. It must be spring. Some outings begin and end on dirt...tulips and crocuses are pushing through the dirt in the front yard. My neighbor's lawn sprinklers came on yesterday.

recent activity

My party noted some glide cracks and buckling of the snow in Broads Fork and Mill B South. One of the usual suspects - a small smooth unsupported rocky slab in Mill B South - had recently shed it's winter coat.

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

While large avalanches are unlikely today, there are several types of small avalanches could be triggered. Even a small avalanche can be dangerous in more radical terrain, if it pushes you off a cliff, into trees or takes you for a very long ride.

  • Wet sluffs maybe a bit more active today with the warmer temperatures. Get off any steep slope as soon as the snow heats and becomes sloppy.
  • Dry sluffs can be triggered on steep, upper elevation northerly facing slopes.
  • Cornices will continue to sag with the heating, and frequently break back further than expected.
  • Glide avalanches may also come unglued in the standard terrain of Stairs Gulch, Broads, and Mill B South of BCC.

We'll have partly cloudy skies, light westerly wind, and mountain temps in the mid-40s at 10,000', the mid-50s at 8000'. A brush-by to the north will bring cooler temps tomorrow with some additional cloud cover Monday/Tuesday. Temps rebound for mid-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/

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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.