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Saturday, November 25, 2006  7:30 am
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center.  Today is Saturday, November 25, 2006 and it’s 7:30 in the morning. 


Current Conditions:

It is another beautiful morning in the mountains, with clear skies, temperatures in the teens and low 20’s, and light, southwesterly winds.  The current shallow snowpack and snow surface conditions aren’t exactly anything to write home about, but the supportable snow makes travel easy.  Sun crusts and hard wind slabs are very widespread, with only a few pockets of soft, recrystalized snow on sheltered, shady slopes off the ridgelines.  The snow on the steeper, sunny slopes warms into “imitation corn” mid day.  But exits can be rough and the smooth wind slabs are hard enough you could take a slide for life.


Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:

Though most slopes are stable, there are still a few isolated places where a person could trigger a slide on the weak sugary layers near the ground.  The weakest snow is on steep, shady rocky slopes with a shallow snowpack.


With a storm in the forecast, I’m also paying close attention to the snow surface, where any loose, surface snow is weakening.  There are also slick, hard surface layers that will form good bed surfaces on both shady and sunny slopes, and on some slopes the snow just below the wind and sun crusts is also weakening.  With the next storm, I expect the first avalanche activity to be near or at our current snow surface.  


Bottom Line:

Most slopes have a LOW avalanche danger today.  However, there are isolated pockets with a MODERATE danger on northerly facing slopes above about 9500 feet that are steeper than 35 degrees. 


Mountain Weather:

It will be another pleasant day in the mountains, with a few high thin clouds moving across the mostly clear skies.  Temperatures will reach the upper 30’s at 8,000’ and near 20 at 10,000’.  The southwesterly winds will remain light, generally less than 15 mph, with slightly stronger speeds across the highest peaks.   A decent looking storm remains on track for Monday into Tuesday, with much colder temperatures and significant snow.



Our partners, the FUAC, will hold their next fundraiser at Brewvies on Dec 7th. There will be two showings of TGR’s new film, “The Anomaly”, at 7pm and 9pm.  Advance tickets are available.


We appreciate any snowpack and avalanche observations, so please let us know by calling (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.


Drew Hardesty will update this advisory by 7:30 on Sunday morning and thanks for calling.