Wasatch Cache National Forest

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Monday, November 15, 2004 5:30 pm         


Good afternoon, this is Bruce Tremper with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather information.  Today is Monday, November 15th, 2004, and it’s 3:30 pm.  We’ll be issuing intermittent afternoon bulletins for the next week, then we will go to our regular morning schedule next week.  


Important announcement:

Tomorrow morning, UDOT will be sighting in their avalanche control cannons in Little Cottonwood Canyon between Monte Cristo and Tanners between 6:30 and 8:00 in the morning.


Also, Alta will be closed to uphill traffic for the remainder of the winter, and they will open on Thursday.


Our next new ‘Know Before You Go’ avalanche talk geared for the younger backcountry rider tomorrow night at 7pm on the BYU campus in room 2170 in the JKHB building.


Current Conditions: 

If you ever wanted spring conditions in November, this is your chance.  Warm temperatures and sunshine over the weekend kept the snow soggy on all the sun exposed slopes and you were even punching through in wet snow as you get below about 9,000’ on south aspects.  Even with the warm temperatures, there’s still 6 inches of decent recrystallized powder on northerly facing, shady slopes above about 9,000’, that is, if you can still find something that’s not tracked up.   


Avalanche Conditions:

The wind on Friday created some localized wind slabs along the highest ridges and on Saturday a couple people were able to trigger some shallow soft slabs and took short rides.  Luckily, everyone is OK.  One was high on Red Baldy in White Pine Canyon and another in Wolverine Cirque.  We have PHOTOS on the web.  These wind slabs settled out quickly, though and everything seemed pretty tame by Sunday.  Things should remain mostly stable until we get more snow later in the week.


Mountain Weather:

We should remain in a weak high pressure for the first half of the week with mostly sunny skies and 8,000’ temperatures 45-50 and overnight lows in the mid 20’s.  Our next chance for snowfall arrives Thursday evening through the weekend with a colder storm from the northwest that should make it feel like winter again.



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 send 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. 

Thanks for calling.