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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Tuesday, January 30, 2007  7:30 am
Good morning, this is Brett Kobernik with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.  Today is Tuesday, January 30, 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:

Click here for today’s gratuitous (but poor) forecaster humor


Well, what can I say that hasn’t been said over the last few weeks?  I could say it’s going to dump!!  However, I’d be lying because it’s not going to happen.  Oh well, I’ll get on with business now.  Overnight temperatures were in the 15 to 20 degree range and winds were light from the west.  Believe it or not, no new snow was recorded in the last 24 hours.


Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:

People are making the best of it out there with the shallow, weak snowpack.  I hear things like “conditions are good by east coast standards” and “things could be worse”.  Well, things could be a whole lot better in my book.  Ah, how quickly we forget though.  It was only a few seasons ago during the winter of 02-03 when we had less snow on the ground at the end of January then we do now.  (GRAPH:  Jan 03  The line in the upper graph that represents total snow depth reads around 45 inches at Alta which is less then the 56 inch current total.  Jan 07)


If you’re sifting around out there today the main thing you’ll want to watch for is sluffing on steeper slopes that have loose snow on the surface.

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: 

A couple of weak storms will affect the area today and Wednesday but won’t bring a whole lot of new snow.  Today we’ll see mostly cloudy skies with snow flurries possible.  Ridgetop temperatures will be in the mid 20s and ridgetop winds will be from the west northwest in the 5 to 10 mph range.  Wednesday brings a slightly better chance for snow with a few inches of accumulation possible.



Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides were in the Sessions and Cascade.  Today, they’ll do the same weather pending.  With questions regarding their areas of operation call 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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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 Wednesday morning, and thanks for calling.