Salt Lake Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


The Park City Ski Resort Snow Safety team will be conducting explosive testing within the ski area boundary which will be closed to backcountry travel starting today. Please help the snow safety team by avoiding the area.


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger is at Level 3 (Considerable) in any wind exposed terrain especially along northerly facing upper elevation ridges. Dangerous avalanche conditions are present and human triggered avalanches are likely. If you don’t have expert level snowpack and avalanche assessment skills we urge you to stick to slopes of 30 degrees in steepness or less.


Temperatures cooled into the mid teens and upper single digits overnight. Winds slowed a bit but are still a bit gusty. They are generally from the south but quite variable from station to station. A few more inches of snow fell overnight. It’s lower density then the snow from the last couple of days which should make things quite pleasing out there today. Storm totals in the Cottonwoods are in the two foot range with 2.5 to 3.5 inches of water equivalent. Brighton is the winner with 34" and 4.2" H2O.


We most likely experienced a natural avalanche cycle during the day on Sunday. A couple of reports of larger natural slab avalanches hinted at things we couldn’t see. As for things we could see, there was no shortage of human triggered avalanches with too many details to list here. Numerous avalanches were reported from Sunday, some unintentional, some intentional, some remotely triggered, some sympathetic to other slides, some VERY deep with a crown reported as 10 feet deep in Daly Bowl. They were a good mix of new snow instability as well as avalanches breaking into older weak snow deeper in the pack. Check Current Conditions or our Avalanche Lists from the main menu above for more details.


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The most dangerous avalanche problem today is the potential for a deep slab breaking into weak snow deeper in the snowpack. These layers are more pronounced in the thinner areas then I’d like to see and haven’t healed as much as I’d hoped they would. These probably won’t release naturally today and you’ll probably need to tilt the slope up to 35 degrees or steeper to trigger them. You’ll find that this problem is most pronounced in areas that had a thinner snowpack prior to this storm. Pay special attention around the Brighton backcountry and Park City Ridgeline. Collapsing of the snowpack beneath you is cause for concern. You want to be diligent and dig down looking for weakness below the rime crust. Use Extended Column Tests to check for propagation in these layers. What makes this tricky is this problem isn’t present everywhere so don’t let your guard down if you’re not seeing it. While you may find more areas with new snow instability, this deeper slab problem is more dangerous in my opinion.


      Over the next 24 hours.

The new snow instabilities won’t be as sensitive today as yesterday but they still warrant caution. Always use ski cuts prior to diving into steeper slopes. Watch for cracking and perform numerous hand pits checking for shears within the new snow. Shovel Tilt Tests are also an excellent tool. Keep in mind that there may be instability in the transition zones where graupel pooled and could still be sensitive.


We’re expecting more snow today but it will be more pronounced north of I-80. That said, we should still see 2 to 5” of lower density snow during the day today. Ridgetop temperatures should be in the upper teens to low 20s. Ridgetop winds are still going to be a bit gusty from a west or southwest direction. Winds will increase Tuesday ahead of a well pronounced but short lived frontal passage Tuesday night which should produce another good shot of snow.


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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