Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Evelyn Lees for Sunday - November 15, 2015 - 1:22pm
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The Avalanche Danger is generally LOW, but Pockets of Moderate Danger exist for fresh pockets of wind drifted snow. These will be most widespread on upper to mid elevation slopes facing northwest through easterly, and sensitive because they are sitting on weak, sugary snow. Cracking or audible collapsing are red flags that you are in suspect terrain. With such a thin and shallow snow pack, even a short ride could leave you banged up and injured.

We will continue to issue intermittent advisories as conditions warrant.

special announcement

Remember, control work is not being done at the unopened ski area, and that terrain must be treated as backcountry. Check in with resort personnel to confirm their preseason travel policies.

current conditions

Skies are clear today, with temperatures in the 20s and 30s. The south to southwesterly are on the increase, with averages in the 15 to 25 mph range. There really isn't enough snow to recreate, as the 6 to 10 inch "base" really isn't enough to cover the rocks, stumps and deadfall. The sunny, southerly through westerly slopes have been melting, and are back to bare dirt in many locations.

A great observation HERE illustrates the frustration of too shallow snow pack skiing, and the Ogden snowpack.

recent activity

The last storm brought a round of small to medium avalanches in the Salt Lake and Park City mountains, which can be found on our Avalanche list HERE.

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

Sensitive new wind drifts may be developing along the high ridge lines and in open bowls. Though shallow, they could surprise you with their sensitivity, as the will be sitting of weak faceted snow and even surface hoar in some locations. Denser snow, cracking and collapsing are indications that you're on a slope with either new or old wind drifts.

Surface hoar from last Friday, some of which is hopefully getting destroyed by the winds. But even if the surface hoar gets destroyed, most of the snow on the northerly facing slopes has faceted to the ground, and is quite weak. A very poor set up for the early season snowpack.


The southwesterly winds are picking up ahead of the next splitting storm. Many stations are averaging in the twenties, with gusts in the 40s. The Pacific storm system will be splitting as it moves across the Great Basin tonight with the main energy targeted for Arizona., and then the flow is likely to become too northerly by Monday afternoon, which is a less favorable flow for the Wasatch mountains. Snow will start after midnight, with expected totals now lowered, in the 4 to 8" range. Winds should decrease after frontal passage tonight. Light snow on Monday, with highs only in the twenties. While the weather looks unsettled through the week, no major snow producers in sight.

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/PCMR Dispatch (435)615-1911

Snowbasin Resort Dispatch (801-620-1017), Powder Mountain Dispatch (801-745-3772 x 123).

Sundance Dispatch (801-223-4150)

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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.