Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Paige Pagnucco for Friday - April 14, 2017 - 6:20am
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The avalanche danger is LOW. Generally safe avalanche conditions exist but watch for unstable snow in isolated areas. Triggered loose wet avalanches might be possible if temperatures rise more than expected, especially on slopes that receive direct sunlight as the cloud cover breaks today.

(This forecast was produced by UAC intern Kory Davis with the help of Paige Pagnucco.)

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current conditions

After yesterday's warm and windy conditions, the weather cooled off overnight creating a substantial freeze at mid and upper elevations. Upper elevation temperatures are; 26 F at Boardwalk (Snowbasin), 30 F at Ben Lomond, and 27 F at Monte Cristo. The winds came to a screeching halt overnight but not before we recorded a max gust of 82mph on Mt. Ogden. Southwesterly winds are currently 5-15 mph in the Ogden mountains. Temperatures today should stay in the 30’s. Finding cold snow is unlikely but with a little warming we could see some softer conditions on warmer aspects.

recent activity

A few small, wet loose avalanches were reported yesterday. On Wednesday, a human triggered wet loose avalanche in Mt. Ogden Chute was large enough to burry a person.

pc: P. Pagnucco

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
over the next 12 hours

The overall danger is low, but remember to always be prepared in case of an emergency.

Cornice fall - Give cornices a wide berth and stay off of and out from under them. Even with cooler temperatures, cornices can fail at any moment.

Slide for life - Very hard snow surfaces exist and mountain travelers may want to carry an ice axe, or whippet for self arrest.

Wet loose avalanches - Look for signs of instability especially if temperatures rise higher than forecasted, at lower elevations as the temperature rises, and in areas that attract direct sun. Weather can change very quickly this time of year. Look for rollerballs and pinwheels as signs of changing conditions.

Safe travel protocol - As always when we travel into the backcountry remember to carry the proper tools; beacon, shovel, probe. Do not get lulled into making poor decisions.


As last night's windy, dry cold front moves out, winds today will reach 10-20 mph with gust in the 20’s on exposed ridges. Temperatures will rise to the low 30’s F at upper elevations and low 40’s F at lower elevations. Rapid warming with lots of sunshine Saturday into Sunday will bring mountain temperatures into the 40’s and 50’s by Sunday.

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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 occur