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
“keeping you on top”
January 17, 2007 7:30 am
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the
Bruce Tremper will be giving a talk tonight at 5:30 pm, on the Science and History of Avalanches at the Lodge at Snowbird, and the public is welcome.
Tomorrow, January 18th, the Hellgate-Superior portion of Little Cottonwood Canyon road will be closed for highway avalanche rescue training from approximately 9 am to 2 pm. Travel to Alta will be via the by-pass road.
Our partners, the Friends of the UAC, are hosting the 4th Annual Backcountry Awareness Week Fundraising Dinner on Friday, February 2, 2007. The dinner will be at The Canyons and Olympic Gold Medal Winner Jim Shea will be the keynote speaker. For tickets and information visit www.UtahAvalancheCenter.com
Skies are clear this
morning, and mountain temperatures are in the single digits to low teens. In the
Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:
The snowpack is mostly
stable, and the avalanche danger is generally low. But that doesn’t mean you can’t trigger a
slide. Yesterday, people continued to trigger
small loose snow slides, “sugarlanches” as Bill Nalli
calls them. On steep slopes, some of these
sluffs are just large enough to knock you off your feet and take you for a
ride. Be especially careful on slopes where
there are hard, slick crusts beneath. Also,
people were able to crack out a few shallow wind slabs in the
Bottom Line for the
The snowpack is mostly stable and the avalanche danger generally LOW. Remember, Low Danger doesn’t mean no danger, and there are isolated places where a person could trigger a small slide – most likely a shallow, loose sluff or a thin, hard wind slab. These pose the greatest threat if they surprise you in steep terrain, and push you over a cliff or into a gully.
The mountain weather
will be delightful, with moderating temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Temperatures will be in the low teens at
10,000’ and warm to near 30 at 8,000’.
Winds will be from the southwest, generally in the 5 to 15 mph
range. The winds will shift to a more
westerly direction later today, and increase into the 20 to 30 mph range across
the highest terrain by tonight. Partly
cloudy skies tonight and tomorrow, as a weak trough clips northern
Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in
The beacon park is up and running at Solitude Ski Resort if you’re looking for something to do until the next snow.
Listen to the
advisory. Try our new streaming audio or
Our new, state wide tollfree hotline is 1-888-999-4019.
(For early morning detailed avalanche activity report hit option 8)
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We appreciate any snowpack and avalanche observations you have, so please leave us a message at (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or email us at [email protected]. (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 on Thursday morning, and thanks for calling.