Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Wednesday - March 2, 2016 - 7:02am
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Avalanche conditions remain about the same as on Tuesday. The overall avalanche danger is generally LOW. Watch for minor fresh drifts in the upper elevations if you are getting into unforgiving terrain.

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The Utah Avalanche Center greatly values our longtime partnership with our world-class resorts and is blowing out the remaining donated lift tickets from Snowbird, Snowbasin, Sundance, and Nordic Valley with reduced prices. Every penny you spend benefits the Utah Avalanche Center.

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current conditions

A minor weather disturbance pushed through some clouds on Tuesday and bumped the wind speeds a bit. This did not affect avalanche conditions aside from perhaps a few very minor new wind drifts along the highest terrain. Skies cleared out overnight and temperatures dropped into the mid to upper 20s along the ridges. The snow surface on the sunny aspects should be frozen up solid this morning.

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

Continue to follow safe protocols. It's easy to let your guard down after a long period of LOW danger:

  • Only expose one person at a time to avalanche terrain
  • Choose routes which limit your exposure on your ascent
  • Consider consequences of even a small avalanche if you are in steep and exposed terrain
  • Do group avalanche beacon checks before heading out
  • Make sure everyone in your group understands the plan and is comfortable with the intentions
  • etc. etc. etc.

It looks like a pretty nice day ahead of us with lots of blue sky perhaps mixed with a few clouds that move through. Ridgetop temperatures will be in the mid 30s. It looks like the west wind will continue in the moderate speed range this morning and should taper off this afternoon. High pressure continues through Saturday with warmer temperatures each day and some cloud cover. Wind speeds look light to moderate through this period. We're keeping an eye on a storm advertised for Sunday which might give us a shot of snow that we could actually call a refresher.

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.