Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Bruce Tremper for Tuesday - February 17, 2015 - 7:07am
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There is an overall LOW avalanche danger today.

special announcement

Our events and avalanche classes are going at full-tilt in February -

Fireside Chat at Black Diamond - Come down to Black Diamond this Wednesday at 730pm for our monthly Fireside Chat. UAC Director Bruce Tremper will be hosting this informal event.

Companion Rescue Workshops - Be confident in your backcountry avalanche companion rescue skills. We have two four hour clinics coming up at Brighton - Sat Feb 21 9am and Friday Feb 27 5:30pm. For more info, go to our Events page here.

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 at Brighton, 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

If you're reading this, you need to enroll yourself in a 12-step program for avalanche advisory addiction. Nope. Still nothin goin on here.

But as long as you've come this far... It's cold this morning--the coldest morning of this current cool-down. It's 10 degrees this morning at 9,500' with clear skies. Most of the snow should be crunchy enough to loosen your fillings as you clatter over the icy snow surface on most aspects and elevations with the exception of some patches of soft, dry, recrystallized snow on the wind and sun sheltered slopes. But take heart. It's going to warm back up over the next couple days.

OK, so how bad is it? Here are a few SNOTEL plots. They show that the low elevation stations are either at an all time record low for this time of year or very close to it. The upper elevation plots show that it was worse in 1992. How soon we forget.

At Mill D North, we are now tied with the lowest year on record, the infamous 1992.

At Ben Lomond Trail, we are also tied with 1992 for the all time record.

Meanwhile at the higher elevation stations...Snowbird in this case...1992 was even lower than this year. But we can do it! We can break the all time record if we just try a little harder. (I'm secretly hoping that this will jinx the record.) We have to remember, though, that we still have two historically snowy months ahead of us.

Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 24 hours

The snowpack is generally stable right now. The grey areas on the danger rose mean no snow.


The cold temperatures today should exit stage right as a high pressure ridge builds into our area, yet again. Temperatures should warm dramatically into Wednesday and Thursday. Wind should remain light to moderate.

Then--can you believe it--we might even see some strange white particles fall out of the sky this weekend. The computer models can't quite decide on what's going to happen but it looks like some sort of cold front will come out of the north and make a quick pass through northern Utah before it sets up a more permanent residence in southern Utah. It wouldn't take much to be considered a major snow storm this winter. So with the bar set so low, the storm should be able to win some praise from everyone. Stay tuned.

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)

EMAIL ADVISORY  If you would like to get the daily advisory by email you will need to subscribe here.​ 

DAWN PATROL Hotline updated daily by 5-530am - 888-999-4019 option 8.

Twitter Updates for your mobile phone - DETAILS

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

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.

Benefit the Utah Avalanche Center when you shop from Backcountry.com or REI:  Click this link for Backcountry.com or this link to REI, shop, and they will donate a percent of your purchase price to the UAC.  Both offer free shipping (with some conditions) so this costs you nothing!

Benefit the Utah Avalanche Center when you buy or sell on ebay - set the Utah Avalanche Center as a favorite non-profit in your ebay account here and click on ebay gives when you buy or sell.  You can choose to have your seller fees donated to the UAC, which doesn't cost you a penny.

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.