Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Mark Staples for Saturday - March 5, 2016 - 7:05am
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The avalanche danger today is LOW. In isolated areas watch for unstable snow which can be loose wet snow avalanches, glide avalanches, or falling cornices.

special announcement

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current conditions

Air temperatures did not drop below freezing overnight, and temperatures this morning are in the high 30's to low 40's F. High temperatures yesterday reached the 50's F in many places. Ridgetop winds increased last night around 10 p.m. and are blowing 15-20 mph gusting to 30 mph from the south. Good corn snow has been reported on south aspects, but I'm unsure what it will be like this morning with some clouds and above freezing temperatures overnight. Low elevations likely have unsupportable wet snow and poor riding conditions.

recent activity

There were no reports of avalanches from the backcountry yesterday.

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

The main issue continues to be warm temperatures and the lack of a refreeze overnight. Often clear skies can allow the snowpack to refreeze even if air temperatures are above freezing, but skies were at least partially cloudy overnight. The snowpack should be pretty wet this morning. Today will have some clouds which will limit heating due to sunshine but strong winds and warm air will provide plenty of heat to the snowpack.

Conditions are not too complicated. For stable snow, look for solid, supportable snow. At upper elevations, either go to north facing slopes with dry snow or south facing slopes where the snow is only wet near the surface. With increased winds there is a chance to find a few very shallow wind slabs as Evelyn found on Wednesday above Grizzly Gulch near Alta. At lower elevations, avoid avalanche terrain in any area where the snowpack is mostly wet and unsupportable.

Lastly watch for glide avalanches where the snowpack sits on smooth rock slabs, including Stairs Gulch, Broads Fork, and Mill B South of Big Cottonwood Canyon, and old cornices that can break further back from the edge than expected. Its best to avoid traveling under either of these problems.


Today should be warm and windy with some clouds. Temperatures should climb into the 40's F again and break 50 degrees F in places. Winds should blow 15-20 mph from the south with gusts of 30 mph. Tonight a trace to an inch of snow should fall above 8000 feet. Much more snow should come Sunday and Sunday night with about a foot of snow falling by Monday morning. The total amount of snow depends on how much falls after the cold front passes over the area.

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.