Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Salt Lake Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Tuesday - December 1, 2015 - 6:54am
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The majority of the mountain terrain has a LOW avalanche danger. There is a scattered MODERATE danger for the aforementioned wind slabs along the higher ridgelines. This isolated avalanche danger will continue to decrease during the week. The next updated advisory will be Friday.

special announcement

With the shallow snow cover and benign weather ahead, we will most likely ratchet back on the avalanche forecasts this week with either very basic or intermittent updates. The next updated advisory will be Friday morning.

current conditions

Temperatures remain fairly cold but just slightly higher than yesterday morning. Weather stations are in the single digits to low teens. Wind speeds slowed slightly but we still have moderate speeds along the ridges from the west northwest. Our allies up at the UDOT avalanche program (Thanks Saurer!) sent me the snow totals from the Alta Guard for November which add up to 46". The average is 70". (CLICK HERE FOR FULL HISTORY) After three very lean snow years, this is somewhat of a disappointing start but I mainly point this out to call attention to this point; Shallow snowpacks generally equal weak snowpacks and that is what is happening to ours right now. The longer it stays shallow, the weaker it becomes. With no real snow in the forecast for at least a week, the snowpack will continue to deteriorate. We will really need to take this into account when it does start snowing in earnest. It seems likely at this point that the current snow structure will cause problems down the road.

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

You may find isolated wind slabs that might release if provoked along the steep upper ridgelines. These will gradually become more stubborn as the week goes on.


A ridge of high pressure is starting to move in and we'll see gradually warming temperatures over the next few days with daytime highs maxing out on Thursday. Wind speeds will continue to slow and gradually shift more west then southwest over the next few days. A splitting storm is forecast for the weekend and southerly winds will ramp up prior to it. Unfortunately, there is no real snow accumulations anticipated with this storm.

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.

To get help in an emergency (to launch a rescue) in the Wasatch, call 911.  Be prepared to give your GPS coordinates or the run name. Dispatchers have a copy of the Wasatch Backcountry Ski map.

If you trigger an avalanche in the backcountry, but no one is hurt and you do not need assistance, please notify the nearest ski area dispatch to avoid a needless response by rescue teams. Thanks.

Salt Lake and Park City – Alta Central (801-742-2033), Canyons Resort/PCMR Dispatch (435)615-1911

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

Sundance Dispatch (801-223-4150)

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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.