Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Salt Lake Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Sunday - February 22, 2015 - 6:39am
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Most terrain has a LOW avalanche danger today. A 'pockety' MODERATE danger exists in the higher very steep terrain where someone may trigger a recent drift.

special announcement

Join us for Vertfest 2015, a weekend of riding, mountaineering, and avalanche skills clinics and the Wasatch Powder Keg Ski Mountaineering race at Brighton Mar 7 & 8. This is a great way to boost your mountain skills with some inexpensive half-day clinics led by pros. There will be gear give-aways and live music. Details here.

current conditions

The mountains picked up a few more inches of snow on Saturday bringing totals to near 12" in the upper Cottonwoods. Things cleared out a bit overnight and temperatures have dropped into the single digits and low teens along the ridges. There are a few scattered clouds now. Winds have shifted to the east and are generally pretty light. Riding conditions are excellent.

recent activity

Backcountry observations from Saturday included skier initiated sluffing of the new snow and some small manageable soft slabs. There was one slide reported that was a little larger on northeast facing Twin Lakes pass. It was reported to be 12 to 18" deep and 100' wide.

Photos - Mark White. Sluffing on steep upper elevation terrain (left) and some great riding conditions finally! (right)

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
over the next 24 hours

You will again want to anticipate finding isolated areas where a recent wind slab might release if provoked. The east winds are supposed to stay fairly light along the ridges but watch out if they pick up more than anticipated. Very steep upper elevation terrain is where you'll find these fresh drifts most prominent. Most people will travel all day today without seeing anything noteworthy and a handful might find a few pockets. Just keep this issue in mind even if you're not seeing obvious signs.


Today we'll see continued clearing with ridgetop temperatures getting into the mid teens and light to moderate speed easterly winds. The east winds remain with us until Tuesday and we'll have mostly clear skies with a slight warming trend through this period.

general announcements

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, email by clicking HERE, or include #utavy in your tweet or Instagram.

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)

Snowbasin Resort Dispatch (801-620-1017), Powder Mountain Dispatch (801-745-3772 x 123).

Sundance Dispatch (801-223-4150)

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DAWN PATROL Hotline updated daily by 5-530am - 888-999-4019 option 8.

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UDOT canyon closures:  LINK TO UDOT, or on Twitter, follow @UDOTavy, @CanyonAlerts or @AltaCentral

Utah Avalanche Center mobile app - Get your advisory on your iPhone along with great navigation and rescue tools.

Wasatch Powderbird Guides Blog/Itinerary for the Day.  

Lost or Found something in the backcountry? - http://nolofo.com/

Ski Utah mobile snow updates

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To those skinning uphill at resorts:  it is your responsibility to know the resort policy on uphill travel.  You can see the uphill travel policy for each resort here. IMPORTANT: Before skinning or hiking at a resort under new snow conditions, check in with Ski Patrol.  Resorts can restrict or cut off access if incompatible with control and grooming operations.

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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 exist.