Wasatch Cache National Forest

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Avalanche advisory

Saturday, December 25, 2004


Good morning, this is Santa Claus Tremper with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.Today is Saturday, December 25, 2004, and its 7:30 in the morning.


Registration for the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Centerís 3-day January avalanche class is now being taken at the Black Diamond retail store.


Free Beacon Rescue Training Centers are now open at Snowbird and the Canyons.For more information go to wasatchbackcountryrescue.org.


Current Conditions:

Itís Christmas day and all through the land,

As temperatures rise and faces are tanned,

The cold wind and the snow from the past couple days,

Makes blizzards in Texas, the weatherman says.

Our temperatures are warm, the skies are quite clear,

Should I head for the mountains, you betcha my dear.

Thereís a few skinny inches of very light snow,

But what itís lying on top of, I think you should know,

Is a wide variety of sugar and crust,

That bounce your around and bruise your nice butt.

But thereís still soft snow on some north facing slopes,

Go high or go low and youíre nothing but dopes,

Stay at mid elevations on wind sheltered places,

And youíll hoot up a storm with smiles on your faces.


Avalanche Conditions:

Yes, itís Christmas day and all through the range,

No avalanches are stirring, which doesnít seem strange,

Itís been two weeks now since the big snow storm,

When avalanche warnings were the daily norm.

These days the snow is relaxed and quite lazy,

Iíll tell you straight out, lest you think Iím crazy,

Most everywhere you go, the danger is LOW,

But thereís one other thing I think you should know,

The recent north winds have been blowing some snow,

Onto south facing slopes, those wind slabs could go!

So if you see a steep slope with a recent wind drift,

Donít jump on it buddy, or you just might get biffed.

Theyíre mostly on ridges at high elevation,

Theyíre creamy and thick and full of temptation,

Theyíre smooth and rounded and sometimes sound hollow,

If youíre friend heads on out there, dontcha go follow,

Stay in a safe place so you can dig em right out,

Donít lecture or yell, theyíll just go and pout,

Avalanches are good teachers, as long as you listen,

But first you have to survive the lesson.


Mountain Weather:

All through the weekend, itíll be much mo-better,

Sunny and warm is a great kind of weather.

Up in the fourties is the daytime high,

Itís better than cold, at least with this guy,

But as new snow gets mushy and starts to go sluff,

It could knock you down and other bad stuff.

Enjoy the nice weather while you still can,

Cause next week is stormy, says the old weather man.

With crusts on the south slopes and sugar on north,

Thereíll be soft slabs, hard slabs and sluffs and so forth.

In the mean time, gather up your new Christmas toys,

Go out and enjoy, all you girls and you boys.


Yesterday Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in Cardiff, Days, Mineral and American Fork.Today, they will be in the same areas, plus Silver and possibly the Session Mountains and the Cascade area by Provo and returning in north facing Grizzly or White Pine.


We do an early morning update around 6am each day on the 364-1591 line.


To report backcountry snow and avalanche conditions, especially if you observe or trigger an avalanche, call (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or email to [email protected] or fax 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.


Drew Hardesty will update this advisory by 7:30 on Sunday morning.


Thanks for calling



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