Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Thursday - February 26, 2015 - 7:01am
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We have an overall LOW avalanche danger in the backcountry. Very isolated pockets of lingering wind slab may crack out in the highest alpine terrain. Similarly, if we see more snow than expected, loose snow avalanches may run with provocation in the steeper upper elevation terrain.

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current conditions

Clouds are streaming into Utah ahead of the first in a series of waves and storms that will predominantly affect southern and central Utah. Mountain temps are in the upper teens; west to northwesterly winds are generally less than 15mph but for the highest ridges where the anemometers spin at 25mph with gusts to 35. Riding and touring conditions remain quite good out of the sun and wind affected terrain.

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

A couple thoughts for today -

Most terrain has a low avalanche danger. Lingering, isolated wind pockets in steep unsupported terrain may crack out in the high alpine terrain. As you might expect, radical terrain magnifies the consequences of any mistake or the smallest otherwise harmless avalanche.

Storm snow avalanches are most pronounced during periods of high snowfall rates. IF we see more snow than expected, one can expect to see minor loose snow avalanches running in the steeper terrain.


Greybird. We'll see a few flurries and perhaps a trace to an optimistic 2-4" over the next 24 hours or so. Mountain temps will be in the upper teens and low 20s. Winds will be from the northwest and generally less than 15-20mph. The next storm moves in from the northwest on Saturday and promptly closes off over Nevada, with moisture moving in over southern, central and perhaps far eastern Utah (to include the south slope of the Uintas). The north may see 2-4". Another, similar outfit moves in early in Tuesday that may hold more promise.

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

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

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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.