Salt Lake Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger remains at CONSIDERABLE on any slope that has old faceted snow that has not yet avalanched. This is most pronounced in the upper elevations on west through north through east facing slopes. Human triggered avalanches are probable in these areas. If you are not able to recognize buried weak snow or not able to determine if a slope has slid you should avoid any steep terrain.


We have mostly clear skies with ridgetop temperatures in the low 20s and light westerly winds. The snow surface consists of dense powder on northerly aspects and sun crusts on southerly. There has been some wind damage especially in the upper elevations.


No new avalanche activity was reported from the backcountry on Saturday breaking our 7 day streak of human triggered avalanches. There were a few reports of collapsing and cracking and our own Drew Hardesty witnessed one pocket that collapsed and wanted to release but it sounds like the slope wasn't quite steep enough.


      Over the next 24 hours.

A slab collapsing the underlying weak faceted snow remains the primary concern today. As time goes on, collapsing becomes less frequent and the snowpack gets less sensitive. However, the current structure alone demands respect. There is no way that you can trust a steep slope with old weak snow that hasn't avalanched. People have teased a few of these but it's just a crap shoot. The backcountry veterans I've heard from are still holding their cards close.


      Over the next 8 hours.

Warm temperatures today may make lower elevation slopes become damp enough that people could initiate a "push-a-lanche" or be able to get snow to move by disturbing it. This is not a high priority concern but something to be aware of.


We'll have partly cloudy skies today with ridgetop highs up around freezing and light westerly winds. Monday we'll see cloudy skies with the chance of a flurry then a better but quick hitting storm for Tuesday which could be a 6 to 10 inch event.


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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.

Drew Hardesty will update this forecast on Monday morning. Thanks for calling.

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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