Avalanche Awareness

Do you enjoy the winter backcountry of Utah in the greatest snow on Earth? Don't become a statistic. An average of 4 Utahns die in the backcountry powder each year while enjoying the freedom of the hills on their skis, snowmobiles, snowshoes, or snowboards. Many of these deaths could have been averted had they checked the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center's (UAC) daily advisory. The UAC forecasters spend hours and hours in the snow in the mountainous backcountry to learn about potential avalanche danger. This information is then distilled and offered to recreationists every morning at http://www.avalanche.org and toll free at 1-888-999-4019. The Utah Avalanche Center issues forecasts and danger ratings for the mountainous areas from Logan to the Manti-Skyline Plateau and the La Sals, including the Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo, and Park City regions of the Wasatch, as well as the Western Uintas.

Visit the UAC web site for a winter calendar of free avalanche classes, the internationally acclaimed 'Know Before You Go' education for teens, jaw dropping videos, web tutorials, photos, mountain weather, and more.

The UAC recommends that after checking the forecast, recreationists head out with, and know how to use, an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe, first aid and repair kits, and emergency survival gear.