Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Thursday - February 25, 2016 - 6:22am
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The avalanche danger is generally LOW. Minor wind pockets and dry loose sluffs should only pose a problem in extreme terrain. Human triggered wet sluffs are possible when riding and traveling through the steep sunlit aspects if and when they've become wet and unsupportable.

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current conditions

Skies are clear, winds are light, temps are in the mid-twenties. Travel conditions are easy, riding conditions are good. People are skiing, riding, booting, extreme snow-angel-ing* everything that's painted white out there. Get after it.

* KBYG.org Watch the video, you'll get it.

recent activity

BC reports only included that of very shallow and manageable wind pockets and minor loose dry sluffs.

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

Remember, risk is always inherent in mountain travel. Even with a Low Danger, avalanches can still happen in isolated places.

Consider the following:

  • Shallow sluffs and lingering, stubborn wind drifts may be found in steep terrain. Consequences: Burial is unlikely, but trauma is likely if above unforgiving terrain.
  • Cornice fall - A skier wandered just outside of the Targhee resort in Wydaho a couple days ago and collapsed the cornice he was standing on. He and the cornice then triggered an avalanche in steep terrain where he subsequently did not survive the outcome.
  • Wet avalanche activity - Gradual warming has helped minimize the wet activity. Still, temps should be warmer today and it's recommended to avoid the steep sunlit slopes after they've become wet and unsupportable.

High and dry. Temps will rise to near freezing at 10,000', the low 40s at 8000'. Winds will be light from the west northwest. Same plan for tomorrow. Look for even warmer temps and increased southwest winds late Friday into early Saturday ahead of a weak cold front midday Saturday. Another weak storm follows for Monday.

general announcements

Remember your information can save lives. If you see anything we should know about, please help us out 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 request 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.

Backcountry Emergencies. It outlines your step-by-step method in the event of a winter backcountry incident.

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.

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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.