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November 29, 2006 7:30 am
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the
The storm is winding
down, and snow totals are in the 1 to 1½ foot range in the
Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:
Most reports yesterday were of stable snow. The new 1 to 2 feet of snow had no cohesive or slab like quality, and while weak layers exist both within the new snow and at the old snow surface, without a slab, it’s awfully hard to trigger a slide. Sluffs were easy to trigger, but manageable.
Today, sensitive wind slabs could exist and be more widespread in the higher, open terrain, created by the slightly stronger winds overnight. The new wind drifts will most likely be along ridgelines, breakovers or around terrain features. Cracking in the snow and cornices are clues that you’re in an area where the wind drifted the snow. As always, avoid any steep slope with recent deposits of wind drifted snow. And with two feet or more of snow available for transport, be very alert to any increase in wind speeds today. Stronger winds will quickly drift the snow, and the avalanche danger will rise rapidly.
I am still concerned about
the old facets near ground and shady slopes with a weak, sugary snow old snow surface. Yesterday, a Big Cottonwood resort had two
slides release on the near surface facets with explosives, and there were two
small collapses on the north side of
The avalanche danger is MODERATE on slopes steeper than about 35 degrees. Moderate means human triggered avalanches are possible. Steep, wind affected terrain has a CONSIDERABLE danger. Carefully observe the winds today – if you are in an area where the wind speeds increase, the avalanche danger will rise rapidly.
The cold, upper level
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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.
Brett Kobernik will update this advisory by 7:30 on Thursday morning and thanks for calling.