Wasatch Cache National Forest
In partnership with: Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation, The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Department of Emergency Services and Homeland Security and Salt Lake County.



Tuesday, January 10, 2006  7:30am
Good morning, this is Brett Kobernik with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.  Today is Tuesday, January 10, 2006, and it’s about 7:30 am.

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


Check out our new graphical advisory format.  You can update your bookmarks to this link:


Current Conditions:

Ridgetop temperatures are around 20 degrees give or take a little and ridgetop winds are in the 15 to 20 mph range from a westerly direction.  Yesterdays clear skies made the snow surface on southerly through west facing slopes become damp and will have a crust this morning.


Avalanche Conditions:

Sluffing of the new snow on steeper slopes was the main concern on Monday.  There were a few reports of slab avalanches that pulled out naturally during the storm and also a couple from ski cuts.  These were class one slides at around 8 to 12” deep that didn’t pose a real great threat.


For today the main concern will be any fresh wind drifts that may have formed over the last 24 hours.  Although the wind didn’t pick up a whole lot, the light density snow on the surface was transported very easily with many plumes being noted in the afternoon on Monday.  For the most part these won’t be large enough to bury a person but if you do trigger one, you more then likely will have to be on a steep slope so take into consideration the consequences if you do pop one of these slabs out and it takes you for a ride.


Bottom Line:

The avalanche danger is LOW in most locations however a MODERATE danger does exist in the steep wind loaded upper elevation terrain.  You will most likely find these pockety wind drifts on north through southeast facing slopes.   


Mountain Weather:

For today we’ll see partly cloudy skies with clouds increasing in the afternoon.  Ridgetop temperatures will be in the mid to upper 20s and ridgetop winds will be in the 15 mph range from the southwest.


The next storm is still looking promising with a good amount of moisture and cold air.  We’ll be in a westerly flow on Wednesday shifting to northwest Wednesday night.  Wednesday night into Thursday will be the period with the heaviest snowfall.  1 to 2 feet of snow is possible.


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)

Click here for Seasonal Weather History Charts.


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 were in the Bountiful Sessions, American Fork, and Lamb’s Canyon yesterday and today they’ll be in Mineral, Cardiff, Days, Silver, Grizzly, American Fork, Lambs Canyon and the Bountiful Sessions.  For more info, call 742-2800.

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.

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.

Bruce Tremper will update this advisory by 7:30 Wednesday morning.  Thanks for calling.