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Good Morning. This is Bruce Tremper with the
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First for some tragic news: There were 8 American skiers killed in an
Back here in
This morning, the winds along the highest peaks have picked up and are blowing around 35, gusting to 45 from the west, but they are a more reasonable 15 mph at lower elevation ridge tops. With no snow in the past 10 days, the snow surface has been described as being “old and worn out.” All the southerly facing slopes have sun crusts. All the upper elevation, above-tree-line areas have widespread wind damage and there is still surprisingly good, 6 inches of nice, soft, dry recrystalized snow on the wind-sheltered slopes that face the north half of the compass, but most popular slopes are completely tracked out.
There similarly little going on in the avalanche department with mostly low danger on nearly all slopes. The only exceptions are the steep slopes that have deposits of wind drifted snow. Most of the wind drifting occurred nearly a week ago and most of these wind drifts are no longer sensitive to the weight of a person, but there are still a few steep slopes where you could trigger one. These wind deposits are hard, often hollow-sounding, with a smooth, rounded appearance, and if you find one of these on a steep slope, you should approach it with caution.
Bottom Line (SLC,
There is a MODERATE danger of triggering an avalanche on any steep slope with deposits of wind drifted snow with a LOW danger elsewhere.
A very weak storm will cross
The long range weather calls for another weak system that won’t do anything on about Thursday and another system, which should produce slightly better than nothing on about Sunday and Monday. Unfortunately, we still don’t see any significant snow in the forecast in the foreseeable future.
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On Sunday February 2nd
there will be a fundraiser for the Wasa
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.
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