Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Mark Staples for Tuesday - November 10, 2015 - 7:20am
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With such little snow, the primary danger is hitting rocks and stumps and the avalanche danger is LOW. Until more snow comes, we will be issuing intermittent advisories that will be updated with each storm.

current conditions

A frontal boundary stalled over the northern Wasatch mountains producing 2-6 inches of snow near Farmington and Snowbasin. S and SE winds yesterday were blowing 20-40 mph but eased overnight and shifted to the SW. New snow fell on bare ground on south aspects and variety of snow surfaces on northerly aspects where the snow contained both facets and some surface hoar. With little additional snow coming and more clear, cold nights, today's new snow should experience strong temperature gradients and will also become faceted, providing another weak layer and a future avalanche problem when we get a decent load of new snow.

Surface hoar found above 7000 feet near Lewis Peak on northerly aspects

Mountain resorts are not open and have a backcountry snowpack - we see early season accidents every 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.

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

With such little snow, the primary danger is hitting rocks and stumps.


While a mid level, frontal boundary stalled to the north, the main trough is further south and will move through southern Utah today. As this trough moves east, a slightly unstable northwest flow will form over the Wasatch and deliver only a few inches of snow tonight. Dry conditions conditions are expected through the weekend.

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.

To get help in an emergency (to launch a rescue) in the Wasatch, call 911.  Be prepared to give your GPS coordinates or the run name. Dispatchers have a copy of the Wasatch Backcountry Ski map.

If you trigger an avalanche in the backcountry, but no one is hurt and you do not need assistance, please notify the nearest ski area dispatch to avoid a needless response by rescue teams. 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.