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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Sunday, April 06, 2008  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 Sunday, April 06, 2008 and it’s about 7:30 am. 


Our partners, the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, with the Canyons Professional Ski Patrol Association, will be hosting a joint fundraising event tonight at 8:30 pm.  It’s all going down at Harry O's in Park City, 427 Main Street, for the UAC and Canyons Professional Ski Patrol Association.  There will be a raffle with gift certificates from Backcountry.com and an awesome silent auction.  The house will be rocking with Space Patrol opening for Junior and Transportation. We’ll see you there!


Current Conditions:

Skies are overcast and you can see some light precipitation moving in from the west.  Winds bumped overnight along the highest ridgelines, blowing 20-30mph, though they’re considerably more behaved out of the more exposed terrain. They should settle out as the day wears on.  Temperatures are in the upper teens and low twenties.  Riding conditions yesterday on the true norths made a Pacific Northwest’r homesick.  I just thought it was a little thick around the ankles.  Off aspects were not as enjoyable.


Snow and Avalanche Discussion:

It was mostly quiet in the backcountry yesterday, with some dry sluffing and a few isolated, very shallow soft slabs triggered in the upper layers of the snow.  What makes it LOW danger?  It all comes down to probability, size, distribution, what we call ‘avalanche character’, and stability trend.  Let’s look at what we’ll find today.  More sluffing perhaps and some 6-8” soft slabs confined to the highest easterly and cross-loaded slopes, and most pronounced above, say 10,000’ getting toward 10,500’ to 11,000’.  Probability is possible, size is shallow, area distribution is isolated to high lee terrain, character is ‘manageable’ and easily mitigated, and trend is to settle out.  You are the one to choose the terrain. What are the consequences of getting knocked off your feet?  Can I safely ski or slope cut this pillow?  Make good choices with good communication among your party. 


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

Most terrain has a LOW danger today.  Isolated pockets of MODERATE exist up high in steep, exposed, lee terrain.  Keep an eye on the sluffing potential if we pick up a few more inches of snow. 


Mountain Weather:

A few weak disturbances will move through on a westerly flow today adding perhaps a couple inches of snow to the higher terrain.  Winds, gusty this morning, ought to settle out by late morning.  8000’ temps will be near 30 with 10,000’ temps in the low twenties.  A better defined storm moves in tomorrow that may add up to 6-10” in west to northwesterly flow favored - terrain.  The mid-week disturbance looks like it might dive south.  Then the warm-up kicks in for the weekend. 



The Wasatch Powderbird Guides didn’t get out yesterday and if they can get out today will head for American Fork and Cascade.  For more detailed information please call (801) 742-2800 or go to their daily blog.

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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.

Bruce Tremper will update this advisory by 7:30 on Monday morning.