Wasatch Cache National Forest
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007  2:00 pm
Good afternoon, this is Evelyn Lees with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather information.  Today is Tuesday, November 13, 2007 and it’s about 1:30 pm.

The ski areas are still closed and are not doing any avalanche control work.  You MUST treat these areas as backcountry terrain with all the hazards of a backcountry snowpack until they open for the season.

As a general rule, if there's enough snow to ski or ride on, there's enough snow to avalanche.  Even a loose snow avalanche can have bad consequences early season if you’re raked through the rocks or over a cliff.  But overall, the avalanche danger in the backcountry will be minimal until we get a decent storm.

Current Conditions:

Just enough snow remains on the higher elevation, shady slopes that a bit of cautious riding and turns can be made as long as you’re very careful to avoid the barely concealed rocks. Exits and approaches may involve walking.  The snow has weakened over the past dry weeks, and is becoming less supportable. 


Avalanche Discussion:

A quick hand pit will show you the snowpack layering – mostly sugary, loose faceted snow to the ground, with a few weakening crusts and older, dense layers still around.  Fortunately, many slopes are bare or the snow is shallow enough to remain within terrain features and anchors.  Regrettably, the snow is deep enough on some smooth, shady, upper elevation slopes that it will form a problem weak layer once we get a decent storm. Now is a good time to map out the current snow cover (or hopefully lack of snow cover) of your favorite haunts.  There are a few very small storms in the forecast, so each time we get a few inches of new snow, watch out for shallow loose snow sluffs.  If we get a bit more snow, combined with wind, a few small soft slabs will be possible in wind drifted areas.    To catch up on the early season, go to our archives here.


Mountain Weather: 

The weather forecast for the next week is not very encouraging, with the strong Pacific storms remaining mostly to our north.  A weak surface front tonight could bring a few snow showers and cooler temperatures to the mountains of northern Utah.  Two more weak weather systems are forecast to cross the state near the weekend, with the first chance for a larger storm about a week away.


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We are now issuing avalanche statements as weather and snow conditions dictate for the beginning of the 2007-2008 winter season.  We are in the office most days.  You can reach us by calling 524 5304 or e-mail us at [email protected].  Keep in mind it may take a few days if you are looking for a return message.


UDOT highway avalanche control work info can be found HERE or by calling (801) 975-4838.

Our statewide tollfree line is 1-888-999-4019 (early morning, option 8).

For our classic text advisory click HERE.

We appreciate any snowpack and avalanche observations we’ve been getting, so if your getting out there give us a call and leave 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.