Salt Lake Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Bruce Tremper


Dangerous avalanche conditions are occuring or are imminent. Backcountry travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.

This vigorous storm has produced 1.5 feet of snow since this morning in many areas of the Wasatch Mountains. Natural avalanches are occurring on many steep slopes. An avalanche warning has been issued for the Wasatch Mountains from the Utah-Idaho border to Mt. Nebo.


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
(click HERE for tomorrow's danger rating)

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There is a HIGHdanger of avalanches in all areas that received over a foot of snow late last night and this morning. This includes most areas in the Wasatch Range. Backcountry travelers should avoid crossing steep slopes or crossing beneath steep slopes.


I am updating this advisory mid day on Monday because of unanticipated heavy snow in the Wasatch Range. The Provo and Ogden area mountains received a foot of snow early this morning while the Salt Lake area mountains only had a few inches. Since then, the Salt Lake area mountains have piled up 1.5 feet of snow within just a few hours. We're expecting another 8-10 inches of snow overnight as the next wave of this storm hits this evening.


Both the ski areas and UDOTreport natural avalanches occurring with the new snow because of the very fast loading rates from the intense, new snow.


      Over the next 24 hours.

You can expect natural avalanches and sensitive, human triggered avalanches within the new snow because of intense precipitation intensity.


Snow should continue with another strong pulse overnight, which should add another 8-10 inches of snow. Ridge top winds will remain fairly light but occasional gusty winds will accompany snow squalls as they pass. Ridge top temperatures will be in the mid teens. Snow should taper off by morning


Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly yesterday and most likely won’t fly today due to weather. Operations planning page is here.

Tickets are now available for the annual Backcountry Awareness Dinner on February 13th, with registration through the Snowbird Renaissance Center.

Beacon training parks are up and running! There is one at Snowbasin, one on the Park City side at the top of Canyon’s gondola, one in Little Cottonwood near the Snowbird parking structure on the bypass road, and in Big Cottonwood a training park is at the west end of Solitude's lower parking lot.

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UDOT highway avalanche control work info can be found by calling (801) 975-4838. Our statewide toll free line is 1-888-999-4019 (early morning, option 8).

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Your snow and avalanche observations help everyone in the backcountry community. Please let us know what you're seeing by leaving a message at (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or email us at (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.

Drew will update this advisory by 7:30 tomorrow morning.

This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done.  This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

This advisory provided by the USDA Forest Service, in partnership with:

The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation, Utah Division of Emergency Management, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake Unified Fire Authority and the friends of the La Sal Avalanche Center. See our Sponsors Page for a complete list.