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.

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Monday, January 29, 2007  7:30 am
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.  Today is Monday, January 29, 2007 and it’s 7:30 in the morning.

Our partners, the Friends of the UAC, are hosting numerous events during the 4th Annual Backcountry Awareness Week.  There will be a dinner February 2nd at The Canyons with Olympic Gold Medal Winner Jim Shea, avalanche classes at the Canyons on February 3rd and 4th, and a showing of a Teton Ski Documentary film on Feb 8th at Brewvies.   Details are below, or click here for more information.


Current Conditions:

31” for January.  Less than 3’ of snow came this month, a month that averages nearly 100”.  The ‘100” in a hundred hours storm’ from November of 2001, the 125” before November two years ago, all the storms, all the powder…… seems like a distant memory. 


Skies above the soup are clear with mountain temperatures in the teens and low twenties.  The westerly winds picked up overnight along the highest ridgelines blowing 20-25mph, and they should calm down by about midday.  One observer described the backcountry as “depth hoar to the ground, surface hoar glinting like diamonds, breakable crust, corn, rocks, bushes, and some petrified turns left by the milkman.  Oh yeah, and some decent recrystallized snow on top of a crust.”  Nicely done.


Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:

Sluffing in the weak surface snow on the steep shady aspects remains the only game in town.  Some of the weakest snow is at the mid and low elevations from the inversion, so avoid flushing the salt on top of each other or rolling into a terrain trap.  Those on the afternoon program or dusk patrol should consider the potential for triggering some wet loose snow on the steeper sunny aspects.   

Bottom Line for the Salt Lake, Park City, Provo and Ogden area mountains: 

Today, the avalanche danger is generally LOW, with some isolated pockets of MODERATE danger on steep, shady slopes due to easily triggered sluffs in the loose, faceted snow.


Mountain Weather: 

We’ll have clear skies aloft with temps in the mid-30’s at 8000’ and in the low twenties at 10,000’.  The westerly winds should veer northwesterly and back to 15mph along the ridgelines.  Clouds will increase tomorrow from a system passing by to the south with a colder arctic system slated for Thursday.  Should be enough wind and cold air to mix things out by then.  Maybe even an inch or two. 



Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides were along the Cascade ridgeline.  Today, they’ll return south there and in AF, with another ship in the Bountiful Sessions.  They welcome any more specific questions regarding their areas of operation you can contact them at 742-2800.

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.  And finally, at 7:30 on February 8th, there will be a Teton Skiing documentary at Brewvies as a fundraiser for the Friends of the UAC.


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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 Tuesday morning, and thanks for calling.