Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Tuesday - December 19, 2017 - 6:52am
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The avalanche danger is LOW – but small avalanches can be triggered in isolated areas or extreme terrain. The most likely avalanche to trigger would be a small, old shallow wind drift at the highest elevations.

The snow pack is very shallow - riding is really only possible at the upper elevations in the Ogden area mountains, and even there, staying on lower angle, grassy slopes or sticking to snow packed roads will reduce the number of rocks and stumps you hit.

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current conditions

Skies are currently moslty clear with temperatures in the upper-20s to low 30s. Winds are west to northwest at 10-15mph along the highest ridgelines.

After Saturday night's 2-3", we're still looking at total snow on the ground on shady, upper elevation slopes is around 12-18" with much of it weak sugary facets over a variey of crusts. Sunny slopes are a mix of crusty snow and bare ground, and there’s only patchy snow at the mid and lower elevations.

View the latest Ogden observations here.

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Though the avalanche danger is LOW, small avalanches can still be triggered in isolated places. Perhaps a small, shallow old wind drift at the highest elevation.

The snowpack on the shady slopes consists of weak crusts and sugary faceted snow. This is a concern for the future when we finally get snow. For now, it’s amazing just to dig your hand into the snow and see how loose and weak it is.


We'll have initially clear skies with building clouds in the early afternoon. Temperatures will be reaching near freezing along the ridgelines. Winds will be 15-20mph from the west. Strong southwest pre-frontal winds kick in later this afternoon, heralding an approaching cold front for through Wednesday midday. Expect 3-7" possible, though it'll be very low density - just enough to cover up, but not smooth over, the old ruts, crusts, and thinly buried obstacles. Mountain temps plummet to the low single digits on Thursday, with a colder, drier storm on tap for for Friday night. The fly in the ointment are the sustained upper end of moderate northerly winds that persist both after Wednesday's front and through the weekend.

general announcements

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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.

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.