Winter recreationists should be careful because of the high avalanche danger in some canyons of the Uinta National Forest. These avalanches are due to the accumulation of new snow resulting in several unstable layers.

Slopes above 9,000 feet that have east and north faces and are 35 degrees or steeper are the areas most susceptible to avalanches. The areas in the North Fork of American Fork Canyon are especially hazardous. Several small avalanches have been triggered by skiers in the past week. These avalanches have been up to four feet in depth and several yards wide.New storms will keep the avalanche danger high. Skiers, snowmobilers, and other winter recreationists are advised to avoid steep terrain and be extremely careful.

Current winter weather and avalanche conditions are available by calling 374-9770 or 1-800-662-4140. This service, sponsored by the Forest Service and National Weather Service, is updated daily at 7:30 a.m. unless conditions warrant more frequent updates.