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”
February 06, 2008 7:30 am
Good morning, this is
There are still tickets available for the Backcountry
Awareness Dinner at Snowbird this Friday evening, with guest speaker David
Oliver Relin, author of the New York Times bestseller
Three Cups of Tea. It’s a benefit
Light snow has started
to fall in the mountains as a fast moving cold front sweeps into northern
Snow and Avalanche Discussion:
Though plenty of steep lines were tested, only sluffs were reported from the backcountry yesterday, most short running and slow moving. With explosives, the resorts were able to trigger a few larger new snow soft slabs 1 to 2’ deep, large enough to carry and bury a person.
Today, while the new snow won’t be enough to fill in old tracks, the winds sure will. The winds will have a heyday, drifting the abundant fluffy snow into sensitive soft slabs. Low density snow and scattered feathery surface hoar will act as the weak layer. Expect the drifts to be most widespread along ridgelines, in open bowls and around terrain features at the high and mid elevations. Though most of these sensitive drifts will be soft, they will get large to knock you off balance, take you for a ride and bury you. Natural or spontaneous slides are possible today as cornices and drifts build up, so also avoid travel below steep wind drifted terrain. In wind sheltered terrain, loose snow sluffs are the greatest concern.
Bottom Line for the
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE on and below steep, wind drifted terrain today. CONSIDERABLE means human triggered slides are likely and natural avalanches possible. The sensitive wind drifts will be most widespread on northeast through southeasterly facing slopes, along the mid and upper elevation ridgelines. Out of the wind affected terrain, there is a MODERATE avalanche danger on steep slopes, with human triggered sluffs and shallow soft slabs possible.
Yesterday, WPG was in
Backcountry Awareness Week is starts Friday, featuring a fundraising dinner with guest speaker David Oliver Relin, author of the New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea: One Man's
For folks with an Alta pass, our partner ACE is offering an avalanche awareness class the evening of Feb 12 and 13, and ½ day the 16th, for $25. Pre Register at [email protected].
If you want to get this
avalanche advisory e-mailed to you daily click HERE.
UDOT highway avalanche control work info can be found by calling (801) 975-4838.
Our statewide tollfree line is 1-888-999-4019 (early morning, option 8).
The UAC depends on contributions from users like you to support our work. To find out more about how you can support our efforts to continue providing the avalanche forecasting and education that you expect please visit our Friends page.
If you see any avalanches or interesting snow conditions, 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.