Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Mark Staples for Sunday - December 10, 2017 - 6:59am
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The avalanche danger is LOW. Small slides are unlikely but could be triggered in isolated areas, mostly upper elevation northerly slopes and some east facing slopes that received wind drifted snow last Thursday.

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current conditions

This morning mountain temperatures are generally ten degrees warmer than valley locations. At many places above 8000 ft, temperatures are in the low 30's F. LIght northerly winds are blowing 5-10 mph with slighly higher gusts.

South aspects are forming an ice crust at the surface as they dampen and refreeze each day. Most other aspects have dry powder which seems even drier as it facets and looses cohesion. Many slopes were affected by N and NE winds but sheltered slopes still have good riding conditions. Coverage remains thin, but the snowpack remains mostly supportable as periods of warm weather created some crusts and some harder layers in the snowpack. Unfortunately, even that "supportability" is going away as the snowpack continues to facet and weaken.

With limited terrain available for riding (low tide as some call it), take the time to practice with your rescue gear if you get out. Watch this video. Matt and Tom were glad they had practiced and luckily had a happy ending.

recent activity

No new avalanches reported from the Ogden area mountains.

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

LOW danger doesn’t mean NO danger. Small avalanches can still be triggered in isolated places or radical terrain. The most likely place to trigger any of these slides would be on a steep, upper elevation northwest through northeasterly facing slope.

Watch for wind drifts following last week's NE winds. Also, watch for loose snow sluffs on steep slopes.

Otherwise the snowpack continues to weaken and facet on nearly all aspects except due south. This faceting isn't an avalnche problem until we get more snow to form a slab on top of it (video).


Sunny skies and warm temperatures in the mountains will continue through midweek and beyond. Temperatures each day will warm into the upper 30s to mid 40s, with the overnight low dipping into 20s. The northerly winds will average 5 to 15 mph, with the highest peaks averaging 20 to 25 mph.

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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.

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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.