In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center, Utah Department of Public Safety Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management, Salt Lake County, and Utah State Parks
Good morning, this is
Face shots outnumbered core-shots by about 10:1 yesterday.† Every turn is an adventure with early season conditions in full effect.† Trail breaking in upper Little Cottonwood was arduous at best and exceedingly difficult the rest of the time due to the deep new snow directly on top of rocks and deadfall.† To heighten the experience, flat light and falling snow decreased visibility throughout the day.† So, why bother?† Because the mid elevation turning conditions are superb, especially for this time of year.† The key is to look for moderate angle, wind sheltered, slopes with smooth grassy surfaces.† There have been glowing reports from people touring in bounds at the resorts, but remember they arenít open yet and all of the backcountry rules apply.† Between 8,000 and 11,000í there is a uniform depth of snow on all aspects ranging from 16 to 24Ē of† medium density settled snow.† The snowpack has compacted by up to 50% since the beginning of this storm and is now providing a supportable skiing and boarding surface but probably not supportable enough for off trail for snowmobile riding.† Alta will be sighting in their 105 howitzers this morning between 8 and 9 am and the resort will be closed.†
Yesterdayís storm totals added 4.5Ē in upper Little Cottonwood Canyon and roughly 2Ē in upper Big Cottonwood.† There were field reports of zipper crusts on southerly slopes towards the end of the day.
The good news is that all this new snow fell directly on
warm ground and itís not only bonded well to the ground, but most of the weak
layers within the new snow have settled out, making for mostly stable
conditions and low danger.† However, we
have heard a rumor that someone triggered an avalanche yesterday on
Currently, the avalanche hazard is low, with rocks, trees and hidden obstacles presenting the main hazards.
high pressure will move across the area today. A southerly flow will develop
late today through Saturday ahead of a system over the
miss the annual ski swap at REI this weekend but on by the Friends of the
If you are getting into the backcountry, please give us a call and let us know what youíre seeing, especially if you trigger an avalanche.† You can leave a message at 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140.† Or you can e-mail an observation to [email protected] .org, or you can fax an observation 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.†
We will update this advisory Friday morning.
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