Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Sunday - November 19, 2017 - 7:08am
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The danger is generally LOW. Wind drifts may be sensitive to human weight in isolated terrain along the highest elevations. The steep sunny aspects may be damp and unstable with direct sun and warming.

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Unopened ski area terrain has a backcountry snowpack, as avalanche mitigation work has not been done. Each resort has different uphill travel policies - please abide by signage and closures and check in with the local ski patrol.

current conditions

Skies are partly cloudy this morning and mountain temperatures have rapidly warmed into the mid to upper 20s Southwest winds are 15mph at James Peak and 20-25mph along the Ogden skyline. As the storm came in dense and thick with plenty of graupel and followed with right-side-up powder (trending high to low density), skiing and riding conditions are excellent on north facing, low angle grassy slopes. South and westerly slopes became damp in the afternoon.

Friday's storm totals are below:

Ogden area mountains: 12 – 18” of new snow, landing on mostly bare ground. Monte Cristo area pushed 2' of storm totals.

Salt Lake area mountains: 9 to 17” of new snow, with up to 2 feet of snow on the ground in the upper elevations of the Cottonwoods

Park City area mountains: 8 – 14” of new snow, with 10 to 15” on the ground at upper elevations

Provo area mountains: 2 to 5” of new snow, above about 6,000’ with likely up to a foot on the ground in the high elevations

recent activity

None. Kory Davis has an excellent observation from Monte Cristo yesterday.

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

Isolated wind slabs may be triggered in high elevation drifted terrain and generally located above 9000' on steep northeast to southeast facing slopes. Collapsing and cracking of snow pillows are immediate signs of instability.


Back to the bad news. The weather forecast for storms looks a bit bleak until perhaps the last days of the month. For today, we'll have sunny skies, mountain temps reaching into the low to mid-30s, and west to southwest winds less than 15mph. A weak storm brushes by to the north for Mon/Tues dropping temps a few degrees and bumping wind speeds to 20-30mph, but we'll see little precipitation for our trouble.

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 occur.