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“keeping you on top”
January 26, 2007 7:30 am
Good morning, this is Bruce Tremper with the
Our partners, the Friends of the UAC, are hosting numerous events during
the 4th Annual Backcountry Awareness Week.
Friday and Saturday nights will be a free book signing and slide show by
Jill Fredston, the
Yesterday, we had very
warm temperatures with ridge top temperatures above 30 degrees and 8,000’
temperatures into the mid 40’s. Ridge
top temperatures have dropped six degrees from yesterday morning as colder air
slowly creeps in from the east. Ridge
top temperatures are 25 degrees with a 5-10 mph wind from the northwest.
Snow surface are curiously similar to yesterday and the day before that and before that, and so on. And they will be curiously similar tomorrow and they day after that and, well, OK, you get the idea. Most of the south facing slopes have melted out to bare ground. East and west facing slopes are crusted. Tree line and above are wind blasted. North facing, wind and sun-sheltered slopes are the only bright spot. You can still find a few scraps of soft, recrystallized snow that feels like powder if you don’t know any better but slopes that were supportable a few days ago are now pig wallows where you sink to your waist in loose, faceted snow. Plus, you have to be VERY creative and adventurous to find any slopes that are not completely tracked out. If any of this sounds good to you, then you are a fully certified member of the Optimist Club.
Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:
People continued to
report sluffing (PHOTOS)
on some slopes that were getting wet in the warm sun. Also, people were finding quite large sluffs
in faceted snow on the steep, north facing slopes. Both of these kinds of sluffs were large enough
to strain you through trees or bury you.
Bottom Line for the
Today, the avalanche danger is generally LOW, but there are isolated areas of MODERATE danger of wet sluffs on steep, sun exposed slopes in the heat of the day and sluffs in loose, faceted snow on steep north facing slopes.
continue to cool today with ridge top temperatures sinking down to the mid 20’
and 8,000’ temperatures in the mid 30’s.
Ridge top winds will remain light from the northwest. Saturday, ridge top temperature will be in
the lower 20’s.
For the extended forecast, we have a weak disturbance going by to the east of us this weekend, which may give us a cloud or two, but not much more. Then it still looks like a big blast of cold air out of central
Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides were in the Mill Creek,
On Friday, January 26th, the well-known
On Saturday Jan. 27th, come join us for a star studded fundraising ride. Click here for more details or call 801-963-3819.
Then there will be a 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 Also, the Canyons will be
offering avalanche classes on Saturday and Sunday, February 3rd and
4th. For more information and
to register, call 435-615-3325.
Finally, on February 8th, there will be a Teton Skiing documentary at Brewvies as a fundraiser for the UAC.
Listen to the
advisory. Try our new streaming audio or
UDOT highway avalanche control work information can be found HERE or by calling (801) 975-4838.
Our new, state wide tollfree hotline is 1-888-999-4019.
(For early morning detailed avalanche activity report hit option 8)
For a list of avalanche classes, click HERE
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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.
Evelyn Lees will update this advisory by 7:30 on Saturday morning, and thanks for calling.