Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Monday - November 20, 2017 - 7:09am
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The danger is MODERATE for increasingly sensitive drifts on steep wind loaded terrain at the mid and upper elevations.

We'll update this advisory on Thanksgiving morning.

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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 overcast and mountain temperatures are in the upper 30s to low 40s. With a teaser riding by to the north, southwest winds are blowing 20-30mph along th ridgelines with gusts noted to 30mph well below the ridges. 12-18" of settled snow exists in the high country with a few inches at the trailheads.

recent activity

None. A couple of good observations from the last two days -

11/19/2017 Observation: Cutler Ridge Ogden region Charlie S
11/18/2017 Observation: Monte Cristo Ogden region kory
Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 24 hours

Increasing westerly winds should put active and sensitive wind drifts on the radar. These drifts will be more pronounced on steep slopes with an easterly component, but terrain channeling may allow for drifts to be found on many possible aspects. Be particularly alert for drifts to the lee of ridgelines and cross-loaded in couloirs and gullies. Collapsing and cracking of snow pillows are immediate signs of instability.


We'll be under overcast skies with warm temps and gusty west to northwest winds to the tune of 25-35mph. The Ogden mtns may see a trace to an inch of snow today. Ridgetop temps push to the mid-40s by Thursday. Despite a few weak "storms" here and there, the longer range models look a bit bleak at the moment.

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 occur.