High avalanche danger statewide in Utah

Posted at 8:38 AM, Dec 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 13:44:00-05

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — The Utah Avalanche Center has issued a High Danger warning for all of Utah on Friday.

Travel in avalanche prone areas is discouraged.

The high avalanche danger ratings for Friday include the areas of : Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake City, Uintas, Provo, Skyline, Moab and the southwest.

The Avalanche Center also reported that avalanches this morning in Little Cottonwood Canyon are running near historic maximum distances.

Craig Gordon with the Utah avalanche center wants everyone to know there is real, potential danger out there, especially in the back country.

This new snow from the past few storms is built on an unstable layer and Gordon says they’re seeing massive snow slides, fortunately most of them triggered by planned, avalanche control work. Therefore, everyone needs to exercise patience and control.

“A Super, safe place to be is inside the ski resort boundaries. Remember, once you step outside that, you are in the back country," said Gordon. And we are hearing reports of explosive avalanche mitigation work that is producing very large, long running, extremely dangerous avalanches. That is mother nature‘s, big, red flag that we have got to give that snowpack some time to adjust."

Avalanche risk historically high in Cottonwood Canyons

And if you are venturing into the back country make sure you have your avalanche rescue gear including transceivers, shovels and probes. Also avoidance. Because if something seems and feels a little sketchy, it probably is.

For more information and the latest avalanche risks for Utah, go here.