Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Mark Staples for Wednesday - November 11, 2015 - 6:46am
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Despite the new snow, the primary danger is still hitting rocks and stumps. Look for fresh wind slabs formed by increased NW winds this morning. For today, look for unstable snow in isolated areas and the avalanche danger is rated LOW.

We will continue issuing intermittent advisories until more snow comes.

special announcement

Uphill travel at Snowbird is currently closed. Public use is prohibited as avalanche control and slope preparation is in progress. Please check here for changes to the status

current conditions

An unexpected band of snowfall moved over the Wasatch yesterday and produced 10 inches of snow. Winds were very calm yesterday but increased this morning at ridgetops blowing 15 mph from the NW with gusts of 30 mph. Temperatures this morning were in the mid- teens F above 9000 feet. In most places this new snow fell on dirt or just an inch of old snow.

Photo from Farmington Canyon prior to yesterday's storm:

Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 24 hours

Winds increased this morning from the NW and should have no trouble transporting yesterday’s low density snow. Watch for and avoid any fresh wind slabs today. These wind slabs may fracture where they rest on low density new snow.


Today will see lingering snowfall which may produce an inch or two of snow with temperatures rising into the high 20s F. Strong NW winds will continue but should lessen some this afternoon. Otherwise the weather will become drier and warmer for the rest of the week and into 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.