Wasatch Cache National Forest

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Avalanche advisory

Sunday, February 01, 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 Sunday, February 01, 2004, and itís 7:30 a.m.

The Banff Film Festival, a benefit for the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, is on February 9th and 10th at Kingsbury Hall.Tickets are now available at Kingsbury Hall, REI, The Outdoor Recreation Program or any Art-Tix Outlet.For more information, call Rob at the U of U Outdoor Program at 581-8516.


Current Conditions:

Under clear skies, mountain temperatures have plummeted to just below zero and in the single digits. Overnight the winds remained less than 15mph out of the northwest and remain light. Thursdayís rain/rime crust is supportable below 4-8Ē of light density snow and turning and riding conditions are quite good on all aspects at the mid and high elevations.


Avalanche Conditions:

Sluffing in the new light density snow was fairly common on steep slopes yesterday. With very cold temperatures last night, sluffing will again be somewhat of a problem for today, and with clear skies, we may see some wet activity at the mid and low elevation southerly slopes by the afternoon. The buried faceted snow from the two weeks of high pressure in mid-January seems to be on its best behavior.But while field tests indicate that they have gained some strength and itís plausible that in some areas the crust will have capped it off, it still feels a little spooky.Two separate reports of loud collapsing high along the Cardiff/Mineral east facing ridgeline are just enough to remind us that itís still lurking there, presumably waiting for an additional load.Otherwise, the weakest snow seems to be just beneath the crust, where temperatures and tests suggest faceting is not far off.


Bottom Line for the Wasatch Range, including the Salt Lake AND Park City, ogden and provo MOUNTAINS:

The avalanche danger is moderate on north through east facing slopes above 9500í and steeper than 38 degrees. ††Moderate means that human triggered avalanches are possible.Elsewhere, the danger is LOW.If the winds pick up stronger and earlier than expected, avoid any new drift of windblown snow.


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


Mountain Weather:

Itíll be mostly clear today with increasing clouds as a system moves by to our north. The winds will be generally light from the northwest and then increase to 15-20mph as they back down to the west southwest. 8000í temps will be 17 degrees with 10,000í temperatures hovering at 7 degrees. Another storm is on tap for Monday night into Tuesday that should be just a moderate producer of higher density snow.Unsettled weather is expected for the rest of the week.


For specific digital forecasts for the Salt Lake, Provo or Ogden mountains, CLICK HERE.


General Information:

The Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew just a lap off the Emma Ridges in upper Little Cottonwood yesterday and today will fly in Snake Creek, American Fork and in Provo.


The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center are offering a three day avalanche class February 14-16.For more information or to sign up, contact Black Diamond Equipment at (801) 278-0233.2092 E. 3900 S.


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.


I will update this advisory Monday morning.

Thanks for calling.