Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Evelyn Lees for Monday - November 9, 2015 - 5:27pm
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With a storm on the way, we will issue an avalanche forecast tomorrow morning, Tuesday, by 7:30 am, for the Salt Lake and Park City mountains.

Depending on snow amounts, we may update Ogden area forecast too.

current conditions

The small early season storms have left spotty snow in the Ogden area mountains on the shady, northerly facing slopes. But conditions could change over the next few days depending how much it snows. What old snow there is has become sugary and faceted on the northerly facing slopes, capped with thin wind slabs in places.

Facets and surface hoar from the Ogden area mountains. Doug Wewer observation. Whole observation HERE.

Remember in this early season you must the mountain resorts as having a backcountry snowpack - we often have early season accidents each season.

Please check in as different mountain resorts have different uphill policies. Some resorts are open to uphill traffic before they open, others not. Please obey all signs, and if you've got questions, stop in and talk to an employee.

We're posting observations from the backcountry on a daily basis now. See or trigger an avalanche? Shooting cracks? Hear a collapse? It's simple. Go here to fill out an observation.


A small, 2 part storm is on the way. A cold front will push into the central Wasatch this evening bringing light to moderate snow, with 2 to 4" possible overnight, and another 2 to 4" tomorrow. 8,000' temperatures will drop to near 20. Strong southwesterly winds will continue early tonight, averaging 10 to 20 mph, with gusts in the 40s. Winds will shift to the northwest, and drop off behind the front. The on and off snow showers will continue into midday Wednesday, with storm totals of 6 to 10 inches the best guess now.

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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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

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.