Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Mark Staples for Thursday - April 7, 2016 - 6:15am
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Avalanche conditions are generally safe and the avalanche danger this morning is LOW at all elevations and aspects. The snowpack has adjusted to warm temperatures the last few days by warming then refreezing. By afternoon the danger could rise to MODERATE as the snow melts and becomes wet.

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End of the season: Sunday, April 10th will be the last regularly scheduled advisory. We will issue intermittent updates through the end of April as conditions warrant.

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current conditions

This morning air temperatures are generally in upper 30's F at most elevations. Winds are blowing 5-10 mph gusting 15-20 from the NW. These temperatures are about 10 degrees warmer than yesterday morning; however, clear skies allowed the snow surface to refreeze this morning. It should soften earlier and faster than yesterday. The snow surface may remain wet and unfrozen in places where trees shade the snow from a view of the clear skies.

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Avalanche conditions are generally safe. The snowpack has experienced several melt-freeze cycles this week, and it should be well adjusted to today's warm temperatures. The likelihood of loose wet snow avalanches may be slightly higher than yesterday, but still not a major concern. The best strategy for good riding conditions and to avoid avalanches is to move around the compass as the sun warms the snow. Start on east facing slopes and rotate towards west facing slopes through the day.

The key to avoiding avalanches is timing. Ride slopes just as they soften and get off them as the snow becomes increasingly wet and riding conditions deteriorate.


A ridge of high pressure will bring more clear skies and warm temperatures today. High temperatures should be near 50 degrees F today. Winds will blow 10 mph and gust to 20 mph from the north at ridgetops. Mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures should continue through Friday. An area of low pressure to the south will begin moving over Utah Friday evening and bring moisture. Temperatures will remain fairly warm and the rain/snow line will be between 8000 and 9000 feet.

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.