Slide danger still considerable in the Uintas |

Slide danger still considerable in the Uintas

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

After high avalanche danger was reported early in the week, there was still considerable danger in the Uinta Mountains on Friday. Slide forecasters said a natural avalanche near Moffitt Peak was reported April 7.

The avalanche was nearly four feet deep. It was about 250 feet wide and slid for roughly 400 feet.

"It is likely that very strong winds and heavy snow overloaded the slope creating this rather large slide," according to a report at "It is very possible the entire snow pack pulled out with this slide."

But avalanche danger in Summit County has dropped since storms pounded some areas with more than two feet of snow early last week.

"This time of year the snow pack settles out and gains strength rapidly," Utah Avalanche Center forecaster Craig Gordon said in a telephone interview Friday.

Avalanches in the spring are easy to avoid, he said.

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"Get off of and out from under steep slopes in the heat of the day," Gordon said. "What makes things more predictable in the spring is that during the heat of the day is when the snow pack is active."

But the danger rating could increase if temperatures warm too quickly, he said.

"We could see some very dangerous avalanche conditions if the snow pack isn’t refreezing for several days," Gordon said.