Wasatch Cache National Forest

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Avalanche advisory

Tuesday, December 03, 2002

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Good Morning.  This is Bruce Tremper with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.  Today is Tuesday, December 03, 2002, and it’s around noon.


Current Conditions:

Well, we give up.  If the winter is going to insist on being so boring, so are we.  We’re only doing afternoon updates on the phone lines until we get some significant snow.  We figure we’ll embarrass the winter into submission, but somehow, I doubt if it really cares.


This warm, sunny weather has melted a lot of the snow off the southerly facing, sun exposed slopes and there’s only about 1 ˝ to 2 feet of snow on the shady northwest through northeast facing slopes.  Surprisingly enough, the snow on wind and sun sheltered, gentle slopes is pretty darn good for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.  It’s soft and settled recrystalized snow, which we sometimes call “loud powder”.   It is fairly rocky, though, so bring your old equipment that you don’t mind beating up a little.


Avalanche Conditions:

No, there’s still not much news in the avalanche department.  It’s still low danger on all slopes.  You can sometimes get a small sluff going on steep, shady slopes within the faceted snow but otherwise there’s nothing going on until we put a slab of snow on top of all this weak, sugary snow.


Bottom Line (SLC, Ogden, and Provo Area Mountains):

The avalanche danger is generally LOW today.


Mountain Weather:

Speaking of which, we still don’t see any significant snow on the way.  Temperatures in the mountains remain in the mid 20’s along the ridge tops and they will warm up to the upper 30’s around 8,000’.  Ridge top winds will remain light from the northwest.  There will be a weak brush-by storm passing to the north of us on Wednesday and Thursday, which probably won’t affect our weather very much, then another weak system, which will dive mostly south of us for the weekend.   


General Information:

Tonight, our forecasters, Evelyn Lees and Ethan Greene will be giving a multi-media avalanche awareness talk at the REI in Salt Lake City.  The talk is free, open to the public, and starts at 7:00 pm.


A great Christmas present for someone you love is an avalanche beacon.  To help you decide which one to buy, we have posted a couple recent tests of various brands of avalanche beacons on the web.  Point your browser to www.avalanche.org and click on Salt Lake, then on Education.  At the same location, you can find a complete list of avalanche talks and multi-day classes. 


To report backcountry snow and avalanche conditions, especially if you observe or trigger an avalanche, call (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or email to [email protected] or fax to 801-524-6301.  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.


Evelyn Lees will update this advisory on Wednesday afternoon.


Thanks for calling!




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