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Avalanche conditions remain considerably dangerous in some areas

Feb 12, 2024, 9:32 AM | Updated: 2:13 pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — Avalanche conditions in the Wasatch Mountains are still dicey. 

According to the Utah Avalanche Center, the danger for people to trigger avalanches is ‘considerable’ in the mountains from Salt Lake to Provo, and in the Uintahs.

Additionally, avalanche danger in the Wasatch Range from Ogden to Logan is still listed as ‘moderate’.

Utah Avalanche Center forecaster Dave Kelly said despite the dry weather to start the week, the recent snowfall is adding a lot of pressure to a still-weak base. The increased pressure has led to an increased risk of human-triggered slides.

Kelly said they saw a “number” of avalanches over the weekend. One of the biggest was in Millcreek Canyon. According to Kelly, that slide was 500 feet wide, five feet deep, and ran 2,000 vertical feet.

Per Kelly, if you plan to head to the backcountry, avoid slopes 30 degrees or greater, and bring a buddy, shovel, beacon, and probe.

Kelly said the danger will decrease as the week progresses, but, unfortunately, that just hasn’t happened yet.

Avalanche conditions are available on the Utah Avalanche Center’s website

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