Wasatch Cache National Forest
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Sunday, December 25, 20057:30am
Good morning, this is Brett Kobernik with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.Today is Sunday, December 25, 2005, and itís about 7:30 am.

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'Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the hills


Temperatures were warm, ridge top winds werenít quite still.


They blew from the northwest at 12 miles per hour,


They werenít strong enough to make your face sour.


Avalanches were scarce, there werenít many out there,


But wind slabs remain, I still say beware.


Helicopter bombs triggered a deep slab with a bump,


I donít think a skier could produce that same thump.


On southerly facing slopes, most have a crust,


For decent conditions, high altitude is a must.


Thereís also a heinous crust below 9000 feet,


Even the best skiers are taking it in the seat.


Youíll have to watch out for a wind slab or two,


Perform a slope cut so they donít get hold of you.


Right now folks can go out with just a little luck,


Others might say ďI donít give aÖÖcareĒ.


The wisest will dig and take a good look around,


To see if a slab over weak snow can be found.


In most areas the avalanche danger is LOW,


But itís definitely higher up in that wind blown snow.


On Christmas the temperatures will be quite mild,(Click here for more detailed Mtn Weather)


But not warm enough for wet slides to go wild.


A few clouds may make their presence be seen,


And winds should pick up you might see what I mean.


The high pressure will pass to let storms come on in,


Possibly giving us powder fiends a big grin.


No helicopter in the Tri Canyons, which gives me a hunch,


Folks in this area wonít have their panties in a bunch.


If you see weak snow or wind slabs while your out,


Or if you start an avalanche, please give us a shout.


And now Iím about finished with this silly little tradition,

Iím really quite sorry you all had to listen.

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Yesterday, Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in Cardiff, Days, Silver, Grizzly and Cascade Ridge, and today they will fly in American Fork and Cascade with home runs in Grizzly and White Pine.For more info, call 742-2800.

We appreciate any backcountry snow and avalanche conditions you observe.Call (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, email [email protected] or fax 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.

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UDOT also has a highway avalanche control work hotline for Little Cottonwood road, which is updated as needed. 801-975-4838.

The annual report for 2004-05 is now on the web. (Click HERE, 8mb)

Drew Hardesty will update this advisory by 7:30 Monday morning.Thanks for calling.