Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Trent Meisenheimer for Friday - December 15, 2017 - 6:48am
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The avalanche danger is LOW. Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features, mostly confined to upper elevation north and east facing slopes that recieved fresh drifts of wind blown snow from yesterday's bump in wind speeds.

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With no change in conditions expected or any storms on the horizon, we will be issuing intermittent advisories. The next update will be Saturday the 16th of December.

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Please abide by the uphill travel policies of the ski resorts. Info here.

current conditions

I was beginning to think I was in Steven Kings horror movie "The Mist" - until I woke up this morning and saw a little relief from the valley inversion. A cold front to our east overnight brought a few snowflakes and wind to the Ogden mountains. Northwest winds picked up yesterday as the cold front slid through the region and temperatures dropped. This morning the winds have changed direction and are currently out of the NE blowing 10-20 mph gusting into the 20's at upper elevations. Clear and cold this morning with mountain top and trailhead temperatures in the upper teens..

Riding and turning conditions vary greatly over the different aspects and elevations. There is very little snow below 7500' in elevation, while at 9,400' feet on the northerly aspects our snowpack varies from 12 to 36 inches of snow (1-3 ft). The best turning and riding conditions will be found on upper elevation north facing low angle terrain. Many of the sunlit aspects will be crusted in the morning and should soften with the daytime heating.

View the latest observations here.

recent activity

There have been no recently reported avalanches.

Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 24 hours

LOW danger does not 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 fresh drifts of wind blown snow following last nights bump in wind speeds. Also, watch for loose snow sluffs on steep sustained slopes.

Now is a great time for a shake down tour -make sure all your gear is working properly and your beacon, shovel, and probe are in good working order. It's also a great time to read your favorite avalanche book, take a class, or watch this simple video below. Once we get a decent storm here in Utah we can expect dangerous avalanche conditions.

Know Before You Go from Trent Meisenheimer on Vimeo.


Under a northerly flow this morning we have clear skies and cold temperatures. Winds will be from the north and in the 10-20 mph range at upper elevations. Temperatures will rise into the low 30's before dipping back off into the teens overnight. High pressure will return for Thursday and Friday. The next chance for snow will be Friday night into Saturday morning.

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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.