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Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Good morning, this Evelyn
Lees with the
The new UAC web page is up
and operational. Check it out at
www.avalanche.org then click on
Brett Kobernik will be giving a free “Know Before You Go” avalanche awareness talk at the Park City Milosport this Friday night, January 21st, at 7 pm.
High pressure is firmly
Backcountry sightseeing continues to be astounding, with huge natural and explosive released slides visible throughout the range. (Photos of slopes that have slid.) No new activity was reported from the backcountry yesterday, though most steep slopes that did not slide during the storm remain wisely untouched.
Today, the warming
temperatures and direct hot sun will create a rising avalanche danger. I expect numerous wet loose sluffs, with
some picking up snow as they move downslope. In continuously steep terrain, such as is
common in the
The other concern is that the rapid warming will keep the more deeply buried weak layers in the snowpack under stress, and increase the possibility of a sluff or person being able to trigger a deeper slab avalanche on a steep slope.
Bottom Line (
The avalanche danger is MODERATE on slopes of about 35 degrees and steeper. Human triggered avalanches are possible. The danger will rise to COINSIDERABLE with daytime heating, especially on and below steep sunny slopes.
High pressure will be
Guides flew 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
We appreciate hearing from you especially if you have information about recent avalanche activity so don’t hesitate to call and leave a message at 524-5304, or 1-800-662-4140, or e-mail us at [email protected]
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.
I will update this advisory by 7:30 on Thursday morning.
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