Avalanche danger still very high

On Wednesday, an avalanche closed Logan Canyon for nearly 24 hours. On KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday, Paige Pagnucco of the Logan office of the Utah Avalanche Center said the slide near Beaver Mountain caught them a bit off-guard.

“(It was) a little bit unusual, we haven’t seen one there in the past. Luckily no one was caught, no one was hurt, no one was in the area at the time. A U-DOT maintenance worker was on the road just below it and saw it so he was able to respond very quickly and that’s why Logan Canyon was closed so quickly,” she said.

After the slide, Pagnucco said they worked to get information to skiers at Beaver Mountain and working with ski employees, maintenance crews, the Utah Highway Patrol, along with other emergency personnel they were able to get people out of there and down the canyon safely before proceeding to clear the slide.

But the Logan Canyon area is not the only locality that has been prone to avalanches lately – snow in Sardine Canyon and the Wellsvilles has been on the move as well.

“There are probably too many avalanches to talk about, but we have gone through a bit of a natural avalanche cycle. The Wellsvilles never disappoint and they go big. And they did go big. I’m actually parked in a place where I’m looking at the run-out zones right now,” explained Pagnucco.

“I can see a lot of deposition and a lot of different areas in the Wellsville range. They should be pretty visible to the naked eye. If we get a little clearing, (it) might be a little bit easier (to see). And even going up Logan Canyon the avalanches that are up there, people will be able to see.”

But if you are headed into the backcountry this weekend, Pagnucco highly encourages you first visit the center’s website at www.utahavalanchecenter.org. She said outdoor enthusiasts need to be aware of the current avalanche danger which is very high.

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