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Saturday, January 15, 2005
Good morning, this Evelyn
Lees with the
Bruce Tremper is giving a free avalanche awareness talk at Treasure Mountain Middle School in Park City at 7 pm tonight.
American Fork Canyon will open around noon today, 1/15/05.
High clouds have moved in
A major hard slab
avalanche cycle continues in the mountains of northern
I have updated the 364-1591 line with yesterday’s avalanche activity, and I will update it through out the day with any information I receive on the Dutch Draw accident.
These monster, killer hard slabs are breaking very deep on weak faceted snow that formed during the November dry spell. These deeply buried weak layers are being extraordinarily slow to stabilize, creating an unusual frightening delayed action avalanche cycle. From the continuous activity over the past few days, the weak layers clearly HAVE NOT adjusted to the heavy load of snow from the past 2 weeks. In addition, some recent slides are breaking within the newer snow only, about 1 to 3’ deep. Wet sluffing may occur today on a variety of aspects, especially at the low and mid elevations. Travel on and below steep slopes in the backcountry must be avoided this weekend. If the steeps are what you are looking for, go to a resort.
Backcountry travel is not recommended for people without excellent route finding, travel and avalanche skills. Those with these skills will find excellent, safe turning and riding on low angle slopes with no steep slopes above. If you head out, take note that these recent slides are running historically far distances, taking out 100 year old trees, and overrunning what we normally think as safe spots.
Bottom Line (
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE on and below all steep slopes, especially those facing north through southeast and slopes that have been drifted with wind blown snow over the past few days. Considerable means human triggered avalanches are probable and natural avalanches possible, and most of the recently triggered slides are UNSURVIVABLY LARGE and DANGEROUS.
A couple of weak
disturbances will move across northern
Guides flew in American Fork. Today, if
possible, they will be in
UDOT HAS A NEW ROAD AND AVALANCHE HOTLINE FOR THE COTTONWOODS: 975-4838.
hosting its 2nd annual Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Week January
31 – February 7th as a benefit for the
If you are getting into the backcountry and see anything we should know about, give us a call at 524-5304, or 1-800-662-4140, or e-mail us at [email protected]
We value your information very much.
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.
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