Salt Lake Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


This is our last advisory of the regular winter season. We will be doing updates during significant weather events and most likely will update mid week this week.


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger starts out low this morning and will rise to at least MODERATE as the it heats up and may reach CONSIDERABLE. Get into the mountains early and exit early. Be careful not to put yourself below avalanche paths or terrain traps later in the day.


Temperatures did not cool off too much overnight only into the low to mid 30s. Southerly winds are light. East, south and west aspects as well as some lower elevation norths will have a crust from yesterday’s warm up.


There was quite a bit of human triggered avalanche activity on Saturday involving the new snow. Most of it was due to daytime heating but there were a few small soft slabs triggered as well as some sluffing on the colder northerly aspects. This activity didn’t seem to pose all that much danger and was pretty predictable and manageable.


      Over the next 10 hours.

The main concern once again is heat related avalanches. Same deal as usual, get after it early and get done early. This issue may not be as pronounced as yesterday since the snow has gone through one melt freeze cycle but it will be warmer today so these warmer temperatures may play a role in making the newest snow unstable.


We’ll have another bluebird day today with temperatures up into the mid 50s at 8000 feet and light southerly winds. We’ll have a couple more days of mild spring weather then a larger trough will move in later on Wednesday bringing unsettled weather into the weekend with a few different chances for snow.


If you trigger an avalanche in the backcountry - especially if you are adjacent to a ski area – please call the following teams 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.

Salt Lake and Park City – Alta Central (801-742-2033)

Ogden – Snowbasin Patrol Dispatch (801-620-1017)

Provo – Sundance Patrol Dispatch (801-223-4150)

Dawn Patrol Forecast Hotline, updated by 05:30:888-999-4019option 8.

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We will update this forecast tomorrow 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.

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.