Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Mark Staples for Monday - November 16, 2015 - 7:20am
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In most places this morning's new snow fell on dirt. Wind should increase from the north this afternoon and form some wind slabs. The danger is generally LOW and there is not enough snow to for skiiing.

We will continue to issue intermittent advisories as conditions warrant.

special announcement

Alta Ski Area is currently closed to uphill traffic except the Albion Basin summer road which will remain open for access to Point Supreme.

Snowbird Ski Area is currently closed to uphill traffice. Public use is prohibited as avalanche control and slope preparation is in progress. Please check here for changes to the status

Remember, control work is not being done at the unopened ski areas, and that terrain must be treated as backcountry.

current conditions

Snowfall started around midnight with 4-6 inches of snow as of 6 a.m. Winds decreased as snow started and were blowing 5 mph gusting 10 mph this morning. Winds were blowing from the south overnight but began shifting to the north this morning. Temperatures were in the low 20s F above 9000 ft. Very little snow covered the ground prior to this mornings snowfall, and in most places the snow fell dirt.

recent activity

The last storm early last week brought a round of small avalanches, which can be found on our avalanche list HERE.

Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 24 hours

Winds are expected to increase this afternoon from the North this afternoon and the danger could rise depending on how much winds increase.


North winds and clouds should keep temperatures from rising out of the low 20s F today. Winds should increase today and blow 10-20 mph with gusts of 30 mph from the north. Snowfall should continue but only produce 3-5 inches of low density snow. The rest of the week should have mostly dry and windy weather.

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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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.