High avalanche danger in Utah’s mountains

Posted at 8:42 AM, Dec 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-17 10:50:08-05

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -There’s a high avalanche danger in the Western Uintas, and the Utah Avalanche Center has continued an avalanche warning.

Dangerous avalanche conditions still exist in the backcountry across the mountains of Central and Northern Utah, with large and potentially deadly human triggered avalanches likely on upper elevation slopes, steeper than about 30 degrees, according to avalanche forecasters.

Backcountry travelers should stay off and out from under steep slopes and avoid avalanche runout zones.

Experts say careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding, and conservative decision making will be essential for safe travel in the backcountry this weekend.