In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center, Utah Department of Public Safety Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management, Salt Lake County, and Utah State Parks
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Saturday, January 01, 2005
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees
I have continued the avalanche
warning for the northern
The cold front swept through
Yesterday, there were 4 skier
triggered slides in the
Assessing snow pack stability will be tricky today. There is wide variation in the snowpack due to the variety of old snow surfaces, differing snow amounts and the complex pattern of wind drifting. If you do trigger a slide, it will be 1 1/2 to over 3 deep and in a few places could break deeper into old snow layers. Of special note the mountains have finally received mid and low elevation snow, which fell on a shallow, weak snow pack in some places, like Mill Creek, and steep slopes may be unusually sensitive in these areas.
With these complex avalanche conditions, consider traveling on lower angle slopes, avoid having steep slopes above you, and reevaluate the snowpack stability often as it changes rapidly over short distances.
Click HERE for a current snow profile graphic.
Today, the avalanche danger is HIGH on slopes of about 35 degrees and steeper, especially with recent drifts of wind blown snow. High means both natural and human triggered slides are likely. The danger is MODERATE on slopes of about 30 to 35 degrees.
The storm system will move
east out of
The Wasatch Powderbird Guides
did not fly yesterday because of weather and most likely will not fly
today. If they do they will be in
the Friends of the
Free Beacon Rescue Training Centers are now open at Snowbird and the Canyons. For more information go to wasatchbackcountryrescue.org.
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 Saturday morning.
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