An avalanche warning is currently in effect across all the regions in northern Utah. The Utah Avalanche Center is telling backcountry travelers to avoid avalanche terrain at all costs until the danger subsides.
Find your region’s avalanche advisory here: Utah Avalanche Center
After a series of winter storms dumped upwards of 2+ FEET on the mountains between Logan and Provo, skiers and riders have been eager to get out into the mountains with some experiencing close calls.
“RECENT SNOW AND WIND HAS CREATED WIDESPREAD AREAS OF UNSTABLE SNOW. HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY. STAY OFF OF AND OUT FROM UNDER SLOPES STEEPER THAN 30 DEGREES. AVALANCHES CAN BE TRIGGERED REMOTELY FROM A DISTANCE AND FROM BELOW.” – UTAH AVALANCHE CENTER
According to KUTV, one skier was buried up to their neck after being caught in a slide and swept through trees. Other skiers reported remote triggers and shooting cracks, as evidenced in the photo below.
All the recent snow has consolidated into large wind slabs that have the ability to propagate across large slopes. What’s worse is those slides could step down and trigger persistent slabs which lie on rotten early season snow.
*If you don’t know– DON’T GO!
AVALANCHE WARNING – The avalanche danger is HIGH today – backcountry travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Human triggered avalanches are likely on steep slopes facing northwest through southeasterly. Avalanches can be triggered remotely from a distance and from below.
Avoid travel on and below all steep slopes, both the large obvious avalanche paths and smaller, steep gullies, creek beds and road banks at the lower elevations.
Avoid avalanche terrain by heading to slopes less steep about 30 degrees, which are not adjacent to or below steeper terrain, such as meadows and rolling, low angle terrain.
Find up-to-date avalanche conditions here: Utah Avalanche Center