Salt Lake Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


Lots of events taking place this week: (more info on all these and more on our Calendar/Upcoming events page)

Join the Utah Avalanche Center - Logan for their annual Pray For Snow party at the Italian Place in Logan tomorrow (Wednesday)night at 6:30pm. It's a great community event, fundraiser, and party all rolled into one.

Canyon Sports in Cottonwood will be hosting their 2nd Annual BREW*SKI, a ski season kick off party to benefit the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center Friday night starting at 5pm. Music, raffles, food and drink, and more.

And coming to Park City Friday night: Flakes: the newest Powderwhores movie is coming to Harry O's. Doors open at 7pm. Cost is $10 with live music after the show. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center.


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

Danger Rose Tutorial

Following Drew's lead from Tuesday, the avalanche danger remains at "pockets of LOW".


Well, we're seeing a change in the weather as the week goes on. The first thing you'll notice today are the colder temperates. Many locations are reading in the low single digits or below zero. There's not much for winds right now, averaging around 5 mph along the mid elevation ridges and gusting into the 20s at 11,000 feet. Skies are mostly clear.


Each day without any new snow continues the faceting "drama" as one astute friend of mine put it. Cold temps should spike gradients within the snowpack accelerating the kinetic process. One of our observers mentioned the edge of his seat is wearing holes in his pants. Many people think I'm joking but a number of us are totally riveted on the snowpack. It's pathetic!

For those who can't take this poor b grade soap opera, an alternative may be one of our upcoming events. There's a free avalanche awareness talk at Canyon Sports tonight. On Friday Canyon Sports is hosting "Brew-ski" and the "Powderwhores" are coming to Harry-Os in Park City. Check our website for more details.


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Proceed with normal caution in the backcountry today.


We'll have mostly clear skies and cold temperatures today with ridgetop highs in the single digits to low teens. Northerly should remain as they are through the day. We'll see a few high level clouds on Friday with temperatures rebounding into the low 20s. A storm is shaping up for this weekend into early next week. I'm not quite sure what to make of it. A prominent ridge extending into the gulf of Alaska is going to force a low pressure system directly down on us from the north. This is not a very usual pattern for us so my forecasting confidence is low, but, we should see at least some snow.


Evelyn Lees will update this advisory on Saturday morning and I'll follow again on Sunday.

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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.

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