Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Wednesday - March 9, 2016 - 6:39am
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The avalanche danger remains generally LOW in the majority of the backcountry terrain. I hesitate to call it MODERATE on the steeper upper elevation ridgtop terrain but I suppose there may be minor human triggered avalanche activity. Consider consequences of even a small slide if you are getting into the more unforgiving terrain.

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current conditions

Riding conditions remain good on the more northerly aspects. East, south and west have a melt freeze crust. Ridgetop temperatures are around 20 and ridgetop wind is from the west in the light to moderate speed category. It did bump slightly in speed overnight but appears to be slowing again. A minor storm moving through this morning added 2 to 4 inches of snow so far.

recent activity

No significant avalanche activity was reported from Tuesday. There were some rollerballs and you could produce a few minor "push-a-lanches" by skiing on very steep slopes that had become overly wet from direct sun. A few folks noted that you could initiate dry loose snow "sluffs" on the steepest northerly slopes. It was noted that they would run far and would gain enough mass to knock a person over. "Manageable" was used to describe them.

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over the next 24 hours

The few inches of new snow is not going to increase the avalanche danger much especially if you are following routine backcountry protocol and are not getting into radical and exposed terrain. Anticipate sluffing on the steeper slopes. Watch for any fresh drifts that may form along the higher ridges. The new snow will become damp on sunny slopes with any clearing today and you may be able to initiate small wet loose slides.


This little storm is about done with already and we'll probably see some partial clearing during the day today. Ridgetop highs should be in the mid to upper 20s. Ridgetop wind will be from the west in the light to moderate speed category. A ridge of high pressure sets in for the next few days with a pretty nice warmer day on Thursday and similar conditions on Friday with a few more clouds. It looks like the ridge is going to make an approaching storm fall apart on Saturday.

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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.