Salt Lake Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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There are still pockets with a CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger today in those mid elevation sheltered northwest through northeast facing aspects on slopes of 30 degrees or steeper. The weakness is persistent and may produce avalanches after the 2nd or 3rd person across a slope. Ski cuts should be used but may not give definitive answers. Don't trust this weakness.


We have partly to mostly cloudy skies in the mountains with ridgetop temperatures around 20 degrees and light northerly winds. The snow surface was stirred up a bit along the upper elevations by recent south and southeast winds but it's still very user friendly. Southerly aspects have a sun crust.


Only about 5 human triggered avalanches were reported from the central Wasatch on Saturday. A few folks noted minor wind slabs that cracked out in the upper elevations. The more significant slides were skier triggered soft slabs 12 to 15 inches deep. They were scattered from Mill Creek through Lambs Canyon and along the Park City Ridgeline. A couple had surface hoar confirmed as the weak layer. (Cracking Hangfire video, Patterson)


      Over the next 24 hours.

Triggering an avalanche that breaks into weak snow formed on February 8th through the 10th is your biggest concern today. This weakness is still sensitive to the weight of a person but is becoming more stubborn. These avalanches can be in the 1 to 2 foot deep range and can be from 20 to a couple hundred feet wide. If you get caught in one, there is no doubt potential for injury and or burial. The distribution of this weakness is interesting in that it is not as pronounced in the steep terrain along the upper elevations of the Little Cottonwood periphery. One of our observers summed it up pretty well in saying "Funny (or maybe not) that the places we habitually go in times of poor stability are exactly the places where the stability is the poorest given the current conditions."


      Over the next 24 hours.

If you are getting into the high terrain you should be aware that you might find a recent wind drift that could crack out still today. These will be stubborn but keep them in mind.


We'll have cloudy skies today with the slight chance for snow showers only possibly adding a trace to a few inches of snow. Winds will be mostly light from the north with moderate gusts along the higher ridges. High pressure builds in for Monday and Tuesday with mild weather and we're looking at some sort of disturbance for later in the week.


Please contact Alta Central (801-742-2033) if you trigger a large avalanche in the backcountry, especially if you are adjacent to a ski area, to alert them to the slide and whether anyone is missing or not. Rescue teams can be exposed to significant hazard when responding to avalanches, and do not want to do so when unneeded. Thanks.

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