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Avalanche Warning: Why You Shouldn’t Hit The Slopes This Week

The Utah Avalanche Center has released a warning for dangerous avalanche conditions  for Central and Northern Utah this week. The center listed two reasons for the warning:

“1. Having such little snow this season has created a very shallow and very weak snowpack which will not be able to support forecasted amounts of new snow and WILL produce avalanches.

2. The human element will compound this problem. Many people are excited and have been eagerly awaiting fresh snow. Don’t let powder fever overtake good judgment, especially with dangerous avalanche conditions.”

“These great riding conditions will make it easy to forget about buried weak layers in the snowpack that will create dangerous avalanche conditions.”

According to Craig Gordon of the Avalanche Center, “This is a right side up storm that will make both uphill and downhill travel easy and fun. These great riding conditions will make it easy to forget about buried weak layers in the snowpack that will create dangerous avalanche conditions.”

The center will be issuing an avalanche watch for Tuesday and an avalanche warning on Wednesday.

Stay off the slopes and be safe this week!

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