Wasatch Cache National Forest

In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Department of Public Safety Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management, Salt Lake County, and Utah State Parks: http://www.avalanche.org/~uac/

To have this advisory automatically e-mailed to you each day free of charge, click HERE.


Avalanche advisory

moNDAY, January 12, 2004   7:30 am


Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.  Today is Monday, January 12, and it’s 7:30 a.m. 


For photos of avalanches and avalanche phenomenon, click HERE.

Photos sent in by observers throughout the season click HERE.

For a list of backcountry avalanche activity, click HERE.


Current Conditions:

Another day, another bluebird.  Under clear skies, inverted temperatures are 20 degrees at 8000’ and 10 degrees warmer at 10,500’.  Winds remain light and from the west.  Snow surface conditions run the gamut from wind board and suncrust to soft settled powder and surface hoar in the more sheltered areas.


Avalanche Conditions:

While folks were skiing and riding every line that was white yesterday, another very large glide avalanche released in upper Broad’s fork.  Witnesses up near Dromedary peak reported that the slide ran down to the valley bottom and covered up a skin track with 3-4’ of debris.  This accounts for the third glide avalanche in Broad’s Fork in the past five days.  Wet activity also increased as well, with many south facing rocky chutes in Little Cottonwood running far and piling up debris in the flats below.  As our warming trend began on the 9th, it’s not unusual to have a marked increase in wet activity by the third day.  So again, keep a wary eye on wet activity as the day progresses on the steep, sunny slopes.  Frankly, for January, it feels a little odd to have a generally LOW danger except for the wet activity and except for Broad’s, Stairs, and possibly upper-west Mill B where the potential for glide avalanches remains.  


Bottom Line for the Wasatch Range, including the Salt Lake, Park City, PROVO, and Ogden MOUNTAINS:

There is a generally LOW danger.  The danger of wet activity will rise to CONSIDERABLE over the course of the day. 


Uinta Mountains:  For Uinta specific information, click on Western Uintas on the advisory page or phone 1-800-648-7433.


Mountain Weather:

Blue skies again over the soup with light westerly winds and balmy temperatures.  8000’ temps will reach into the forties again today with 10,000’ temperatures hitting into the upper thirties and low forties.  Clear skies should be the rule into Thursday when a weak storm arrives that may give us a couple inches of snow and provide the mixing we need to clear out the valleys.


For specific digital forecasts for selected mountain areas from the National Weather Service, click the links below or choose your own specific location at the National Weather Service Digital Forecast Page.


3-Day Table

3-Day Graph

7-Day Table

Ogden Mountains

Ogden Mountains

Ogden Mountains

SLC Mountains

SLC Mountains

SLC Mountains

Provo Mountains

Provo Mountains

Provo Mountains



General Information:

The Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in American Fork yesterday and are headed there again for today.


If you are getting into the backcountry, please give us a call and let us know what you’re 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.


There will be a showing of ‘Spirit of the Snow’, Dave O’Leske’s movie about the history and challenges of backcountry skiing on Wednesday, January 21st at 7pm.  The showing will be at the University of Utah Social and Behavioral Science Auditorium and all donations will benefit the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center.  For more information, call Wasatch Touring at 359-9361.


The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center is offering another 3-day avalanche workshop over President’ Day weekend, February 14-16.  Information and sign-up sheets are available at the Black Diamond store (2092 E. 3900 S.; 278-0233).


Avalanche Awareness Week is January 18-24th and there are a number of events and presentations.  For complete details, visit:  www.backcountryawareness.com


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. 


Andrew McLean will update this advisory Tuesday morning.

Thanks for calling.