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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Thursday, January 06, 2005
Good morning, this is Evelyn
Lees with the
There are a few
spots left in the Friends of the
A weak storm system moving
The snowpack is a nightmare, and an incident yesterday is the perfect illustration. A party skied 3 runs in upper Days with no incident, and then headed over to Main Days. There, the first skier triggered a very large avalanche, approximately 2 to 4 deep and over 400 wide. The person went the full distance, but amazingly came out on top and was able to ski out. Its a northeast facing slope at about 10,400. In addition, there is a report of another possible new slide in the Silver Fork Meadow Chutes and yesterday a few sensitive wind slabs were triggered along the ridges. In many drainages, steeper slopes have been skied and boarded with no problems over the past few days. This pattern totally irritates me. There are not too many places where the weight of a person could trigger a deep slide, but if you do it could be a monster, and your karma better be good. With 15 to 20 mph westerly winds expected today, new drifts of wind blown snow will form along the ridgelines. These soft drifts will be sensitive to the weight of a person on steep slopes.
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE on northwest through southeast facing slopes of about 35 degrees and steeper, and on any steep slope with recent deposits of wind drifted snow. This means human triggered avalanches are probable and natural avalanche possible. Steep south through west facing slopes have a MODERATE danger.
A weak shortwave is moving
The Wasatch Powderbird Guides
did not fly yesterday and if possible, will be in
hosting its 2nd annual Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Week January
31 February 7th as a benefit for the
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.
Brett Kobernik will update this advisory by 7:30 on Friday morning.
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