The avalanche danger scale is rated at “HIGH” across the intermountain west. Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho all have “HIGH” avalanche rankings today.
Avalanche Warnings have been issued in Utah & Colorado today.
Please stay out of the backcountry in these regions today and likely for a few days.
“It doesn’t get much more dangerous out there. The danger will remain elevated through the weekend and this is the type of conditions where we often see accidents. Help spread the word to keep everyone’s family and friends safe this holiday season. ” – Utah Avalanche Center today
“The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche warning for several zones throughout the State. “Strong winds and heavy snowfall are producing dangerous avalanche conditions in the Colorado mountains. Natural and triggered avalanches are likely. Avoid traveling on or under slopes steeper than about 30 degrees. Be alert for rapidly changing conditions. The Avalanche Warning will continue into Wednesday, but dangerous avalanche conditions will continue through the end of the week. Travel in backcountry avalanche terrain is not recommended.” – Colorado Avalanche Information Center yesterday
“Very dangerous avalanche conditions exist above an elevation of 7,500 feet. Large human triggered slab avalanches are likely to be triggered by the weight of a person on steep slopes. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. ” – Bridger Teton Avalanche Center
“The Avalanche Warning expired but the danger remains elevated. The snowpack needs time to adjust to recent storm loads – this process will take more than a couple days of no snowfall or wind-transported snow.” – Sawtooth Avalanche Center