In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Department of Public Safety Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management,
Friday, October 22, 2004 4:00 pm
Good evening, this is Evelyn
Lees with the
Early winter has spread
The snow pack has two basic layers. There is a solid base of dense, moist snow, with a layer of colder, lighter density snow on top. The top layer is a bit punchy due to a density inversion, and is capped with a layer of dense, wind blown snow in exposed areas. We’re not issuing danger ratings yet, but if there is enough snow to ski or ride, there is enough snow to slide. The main avalanche concern for the weekend are the fresh wind drifts or “wind slabs”. Watch out for and avoid the cracky wind drifts on steep slopes, which will be most widespread near upper elevation ridges and in open bowls. On Saturday, also watch out for heating of the surface snow, especially at the mid elevations. Roller balls or being able to start damp loose snow slides by “pushing” are clues the snow surface is heating up, and you need to stay off of and out from under those steep slopes.
Remember, the unopened ski areas are not doing control work, and must be treated as backcountry. So wherever you’re traveling this weekend, practice your safe travel techniques – have a beacon, shovel and probe, travel on steep slopes one at a time, and get out of the way at the bottom. Be aware of where you are in relation to other parties, and if it’s getting too crowded, go some where else.
A series of weak weather
disturbances will cross northern
If you are getting out, drop us a line or an email with any reports or observations from the backcountry. You can leave us a message at 524-5304 or 1 800-662-4140. Email us at [email protected], or a fax to 524-6301.
The information in this advisory is from the US Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.