Wasatch Cache National Forest
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Monday, January 09, 20067:30am
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.Today is Monday, January 09, 2006, and itís about 7:30 am.

Bruce Tremper will be giving a free talk at the SLC REI on Tuesday at 7pm called The Science of Avalanches.For more info, contact REI at 486-2100.


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Current Conditions:

A few more inches of light density snow fell during the day yesterday and one can connect the dots between Saturday night and Sunday for up to a foot or so in the Salt Lake and Ogden mountains and about half that in the Park City and Provo mountains.The northwest winds blew 20-30mph yesterday in the central Wasatch and up to 40mph to the north, but this morning, thereís hardly a whisper.Add bluebird skies and excellent snow conditions to the mix and youíve got the picture.Donít forget to take that extra layer: the departing storm dropped temperatures into the single digits.††


Avalanche Conditions:

Along the lee of the high ridgelines, folks found localized, manageable wind drifts of up to a foot deep that responded well to the weight of a person or a cornice fall.I describe these as manageable because this type of avalanche is relatively predictable, fracturing at or just below your feet and typically not very wide.Immediate gratification.Test slopes are good indicators as well.But if you compare this to hard slab conditions or a snowpack with active, persistent weak layers which can pull out on the third skier or be triggered from a distance, Iíll take your garden variety new snow wind drift any day.††


Nonetheless, a few lingering, pockety wind drifts will remain sensitive today, and these are most likely to be found in the higher terrain on the northeast through south facing slopes.Riders in steep terrain will want to work the sluff management of the unaffected low density snow, particularly on the steep sunny aspects that will be seeing the sun for the first time.


Bottom Line:

The avalanche danger is barely MODERATE in the steep wind loaded upper elevation terrain.Expect an increase in wet activity on the sunny aspects as temperatures warm throughout the day.


Mountain Weather:

Weíll have sunny skies and light winds today.8000í highs will bump to the upper twenties with 10,000í temps in the upper teens.Look for increasing clouds and winds later Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of a promising looking storm slated for late Wednesday into Thursday.


Other mountain weather information can be found here.

Regional Snow Profile (this profile can also be found daily off our home page under avalanche products)

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Announcements and Miscellaneous:


3rd Annual Backcountry Awareness Week Monday Jan 30-Sunday February 5
Fundraising Dinner February 3rd at 6pm with speakers Conrad Anker and Apa Sherpa.For more info, go to www.backcountryawareness.com or call Snowbird at 922-2147.

The Wasatch Powderbird Guides didnít get out yesterday, but will head to the Bountiful Sessions, American Fork, and Lambís Canyon.For more info, call 742-2800.

Please report any backcountry snow and avalanche conditions.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.

To have this advisory automatically e-mailed to you each day, click HERE.(You must re-sign up this season even if you were on the list last season.)

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

Brett Kobernik will update this advisory by 7:30 Tuesday morning.Thanks for calling.