Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Mark Staples for Tuesday - November 22, 2016 - 6:48am
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With 6-9 inches of new snow falling on dirt or only a few inches of old snow, avalanche conditions are generally safe and the avalanche danger is LOW.

Drew will issue the next advisory Thursday morning, and we will continue issuing intermittent updates depending on the weather.

special announcement

If you're heading to a ski area please check in with the individual ski resort and find out their uphill traffic policies. More info and links to the resorts here.

current conditions

Despite heavy rain in the valleys, the mountains received 6-9 inches of dense snow above 8000 feet containing 1-1.2 inches of water. This morning as skies began clearing and the storm exited the area, mountain temperatures dropped into the mid to upper 20's F while temperatures were at freezing at 7000 feet. Light westerly winds were blowing 5 mph gusting to 15 mph.

recent activity

No backcountry avalanche activity has been reported.

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

There wasn't much existing snow prior to this storm, and on most slopes, new snow fell on bare ground. The greatest danger today is hitting rocks.


A short lived ridge of high pressure will bring some sunshine and drier conditions today. Mountain temperatures will rise into the upper 20's and low 30's F and winds will shift to the NW blowing 5-15 mph. This ridge will exit the area by tomorrow as quick moving storm approaches with snowfall starting tomorrow afternoon.

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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To those skinning uphill at resorts: it is critical to know the resort policy on uphill travel. You can see the uphill travel policy for each resort here.

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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.