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Good morning, this is Evelyn
Lees with the
This weeks storm totals were 50/3.5 in Little Cottonwood, 40/2.5 in Big Cottonwood, 30/2.4 along the Park City Ridgeline, 18/2 in the Ogden Mountains, 10/0.7in the Provo Mountains and over 36 in the Western Uintas. The powder on the shady slopes is sublime, and with several days of settlement there is excellent turning, snowshoeing and riding on low angle slopes. The sunny slopes got baked yesterday, and will be well crusted this morning.
Due to the large size and
dangerous nature of recent avalanches, I have continued the Special Avalanche
Advisory for the
Yesterday, the cycle of deep avalanches
breaking on weak facets near the ground continued. Highway control work released large slides on
the northerly facing paths above
In contrast, some fairly steep slopes were skied without incidence yesterday. The complex stability pattern is very frustrating - a bit like having land mines scattered throughout the backcountry. While the chance of triggering one of these slides may only be localized, the consequences if you do could easily be fatal.
Snow pits, cornice drops and ski and snowmobile tracks may not be good indications of snowpack stability. To stay safe keep your slope angles down and use your safe travel skills. Since slides could be triggered remotely, also watch the angle of the slopes above and to the sides of you.
If the winds do pick up more than expected, fresh drifts of wind blown snow will rapidly form and should be avoided on steep slopes.
The avalanche danger today is CONSIDERABLE on
steep slopes in many areas of
In areas of the
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE. Very large and dangerous human triggered avalanches are possible.
The danger is MODERATE.
The skies over northern
Powderbird Guides will be flying one ship in American Fork and the other in
To report backcountry snow and avalanche conditions, especially if you observe or trigger an avalanche, you can leave a message at (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140. Or you can e-mail an observation to [email protected], or you can fax an observation to 801-524-6301.
For more detailed mountain weather and avalanche information, your can call 801-364-1591, which well try to have updated by around noon each day.
The information in this advisory is from the U.S. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.
Ethan Greene will update this advisory by on Sunday morning.
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