Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Salt Lake Area Mountains Issued by Evelyn Lees for Sunday - November 10, 2013 - 7:36am
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The avalanche danger remains MODERATE on steep northerly facing slopes above about 9500 feet, where a slide one to two feet deep could be triggered in isolated places. Especially avoid northerly facing slopes with recent deposits of wind drifted snow. Also, remember that rocks and stumps lurking under the thin snow cover can easily end your season with broken bones or worse.

We will update this forecast mid week or as conditions change.

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Solitude and Brighton have some runs open. All other resorts are still closed and not doing any avalanche mitigation, so you need to treat them as backcountry terrain. Be courteous, and stay out of the way of the workers and machinery. Snowbird is open again for uphill travel.

current conditions

The fast start to winter has fizzled, and the best game in town may be the few runs at the two open resorts or a few, upper elevation very northerly facing slopes with smooth ground cover beneath. And what snow is left is highly variable, including crusts, with more and more rocks and stumps emerging. There is not much coverage for snowmobilers.

recent activity

The last reported avalanche was 4 days ago, after a minor wind event. It was a fairly large, remotely triggered slide failing on the weak facets near the ground. Check out the avalanche list HERE.

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over the next 24 hours

The snow near the ground remains faceted and weak, and there are a few isolated places where a person could still trigger a slide - deeper and/or wind loaded slopes on very steep, northerly facing slopes. The thin snowpack is very variable, making it possible to accidentally stumble into one of these pockets. Mostly though, these weak facets are waiting for the next loading event to be reactivated, either from wind or snow, neither of which looks eminent.


High pressure will strengthen across Utah, with mostly clear skies, above average temperatures and light winds. 10,000' highs will be in the mid 40s with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s through Tuesday. The southwesterly winds will be generally light, with averages less than 20 mph, even across the high peaks. A flattening of the ridge mid week will cool temperatures, but hopes for snow look slim at the moment for the next week.

general announcements

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), Canyons Resort Dispatch (435-615-3322)

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Remember your information can save lives. If you see anything we should know about, please participate in the creation of our own community avalanche advisory by submitting snow and avalanche conditions. You can also call us at 801-524-5304 or 800-662-4140, email by clicking HERE, or include #utavy in your tweet or Instagram.