Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Greg Gagne for Friday - February 26, 2016 - 6:28am
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The avalanche danger is LOW this morning, and may rise to MODERATE on steeper solar aspects during the afternoon where wet, loose sluffs are possible.

In upper elevation extreme terrain you may find very manageable minor wind pockets and dry, loose sluffs.

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current conditions

Skies are clear this morning and temperatures in the Ogden mountains are in the upper twenties and low thirties with light westerly winds. Although solar aspects are crusted, some upper elevation north aspects still hold soft, dry, recrystallized snow with some wind affected snow as well. This past week has provided superb conditions for tours in the high alpine, and today should provide yet another repeat performance.

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recent activity

The only activity reported from Thursday were some minor wet sluffs on south and west aspects that occurred later in the day. [Photo from Mark White.]

We also received a report of an avalanche that likely occurred sometime during the day on Monday in Broads Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon. This was likely a repeater slope, and is a good reminder avalanches remain possible even during periods of relative stability. DETAILS.

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

The gradual warming this past week has allowed the sunny aspects to slowly stabilize, so I am not expecting any widespread wet activity. However temperatures are expected to be warm even more today, and combined with a strong sun, human triggered wet sluffs are possible on steeper sunlit aspects when the snow surface becomes wet and unsupportable. Any wet slide activity you encounter is likely to be shallow, but consider the consequences if you are traveling in steep, unforgiving terrain.

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


For weather, today you can warm, dry, and sunny conditions with light W/SW winds and temperatures rising into the mid to upper 40's at lower elevations, and just above freezing at the ridgelines. Winds are expected to increase overnight with a quick-hitting cold front for mid-day Saturday that may being an inch or two of snow Saturday afternoon. There remains a hint of hope for a somewhat stronger system early this coming week. Unfortunately there does not appear to be any signs of a return to a stormy pattern for the next 7-10 days.

general announcements

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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.