Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Evelyn Lees for Friday - March 4, 2016 - 6:51am
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The avalanche danger is LOW this morning, but the chance of triggering small wet loose sluffs will increase as the day heats up. Even with a Low Danger, avalanches can still happen in isolated places, and even a very small slide can have consequences in continuously steep terrain or above cliff bands.

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current conditions

Winter continues to hibernate, and is nowhere to be seen. Temperatures this morning in the Ogden area mountains have been cooling the past few hours as skies cleared - currently, they are close to freezing along the high ridge lines, and are in the mid to upper 30s at the low to mid elevations. The northwesterly winds are exceptionally light in the Ogden area mountains – averaging less than 10 mph at almost all locations.

If you can find smooth, untracked surfaces, there is still a bit of soft, dry snow on highest elevation, steep, northerly facing slopes and good supportable corn on east through south through west facing slopes as they warm. Conditions are great for traveling far distances on the firm snow. However, as the day heats up, the snow at the mid and low elevations and on sunny rocky slopes gets punchy and unsupportable in spots.

There are plenty of slick, hard snow surfaces early in the morning, where “slide for life” is a concern.

recent activity

There were no reports of avalanches from the backcountry yesterday. Ogden area resorts reported the usual minor wet loose sluffs and "push-a-lanches".

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

A poor overnight refreeze combined with another day of sun, warm temperatures and light winds makes wet snow avalanches the primary concern.

Wet loose sluffs can be triggered today on steep slopes as the snow heats up. They could have more serious consequences in continuously steep terrain where you could go for a long ride or any place where you will get pushed into trees or off a cliff.

Glide avalanches could occur where the snowpack sits on smooth rock slabs, including Stairs Gulch, Broads Fork, and Mill B South of Big Cottonwood Canyon.

The old cornices often break back further than expected, so stay well back from the edges and if you need to cross below them, travel quickly to minimize exposure.

Moab forecaster, Eric Trembeth snapped this photo on Lone Peak of a wet loose sluff - an example of terrain where being caught even in a small slide would carry you through rocks.


Someone hit the Pause button on winter… It’s going to be another spring-like day, with ridge line temperatures remaining near freezing and 8,000’' temperatures rising into the upper 40s to near 50. The northwesterly winds will be light, with most stations in the 5 to 10 mph range. Speeds across the highest peaks could reach 15 to 20 mph at times. Saturday will be another toasty day, with increasing southerly winds ahead of a small storm Sunday, which should bring strong winds, lightning, and 6 to 12 inches of much needed snow.

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.