Why Ogden Avalanche?
Ogden Avalanche was created in 2016 as a social media entity to get information to backcountry users in Ogden. This has slowly morphed into an experienced group of users in the Ogden area volunteering time to create an avalanche advisory for the Northern Wasatch and Southern Bear River Ranges. We settled on the name Ogden Avalanche for simplicity even though the forecast area covers from Grandeur Peak in Salt Lake County to Mantua Reservoir in Box Elder County and as far East as Randolf, Utah. This contains six Utah counties; Box Elder, Weber, Davis, Rich, Morgan, and Salt Lake County's. Ogden Avalanche's mission is “We provide access to avalanche education and information, through a range of resources, to diverse user groups throughout the Ogden community.” We accomplish this through outreach to community members, education for all ages, avalanche forecasting, professional observations, and weather data collection. We work with our local ski areas to promote safe travel and continued access to Ogden's pristine powder. Ogden Avalanche strives to keep community members up to date on the best safety practices and ever changing conditions in the Ogden backcountry.
Here at Ogden Avalanche we realize how important sustainable practices are to winter recreation. Climate change will effect our industry more than any other in the United States. Here in Utah, where we depend on winter tourism for revenue, we struggle with some of the worst air quality in the nation. This is why Ogden Avalanche's main office is proud to be powered completely by solar. We also offset the carbon we produce in driving to recreation, running snowmobiles, and heating our office, a cost of about $20 per month but we find it well worth it.
Who We Are
While Ben is a man of many hobbies, if he had to choose just one, snowboarding would reign supreme. He has been snowboarding for over 20 years and on a split board since 2007. He is a true addict for powder and was born and raised in Ogden.
Ben has a career in Medical Laboratory Sciences and is also a certified AIARE course instructor. His passion is teaching, particularly when it comes to outdoor education and avalanche safety. He currently serves as Education Coordinator for Ogden Avalanche. When he is not on the snow you can find him on the river fishing or rafting.
Chief editor/Art director
Denver is a dental hygienist by trade of over 10 years, a recreational backcountry skier with AAI and AIARE level 1, and freelance amateur artist as a hobby. She serves as art director and executive editor for Ogden Avalanche.
Yes, she is also married to our Education Coordinator, Ben. Spends most of her free time keeping him together (a full time job) on all sorts of adventures.
From that first bunny hill to now, skiing has been Chase’s number one outdoor obsession. Whether it is ripping a backcountry line or corduroy at the local resort, if skis are on Chase's feet a smile can be found on his face. His passion for skiing currently drives his career as a buyer and manager for GEAR:30, Ogden’s Mountain Shop. Chase’s mantra “passion is the difference between living and existing” allows him to squeeze the fun out of every adventure. In the off season, Chase loves mountain biking, trail running, backpacking, and occasionally climbing (if there is food afterwards).
Jack Wise moved to Ogden in 2014 to pursue a college degree while working in the ski industry. When he isn’t skiing, Jack fly fishes and bird hunts with his German wirehaired pointer, Ripley.
Jack is a Multimedia Journalism student at Weber State University and joins Ogden Avalanche as a Media Outreach intern for the 2020/2021 forecast season.
Daniel Turner was raised in Bear Lake, Idaho, graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow and moved to Ogden, Utah in 2007. Daniel is the Associate Director of Weber State University Campus Recreation and directly oversees the WSU Outdoor Program. Daniel holds such credentials as: AIARE Pro Level 2, AIARE Course Leader and Instructor, AMGA Rock Guide, Apprentice Ski Guide, SPRAT Level 1, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Wilderness First Responder, and Dad. Daniel serves on the board of directors for Ogden Avalanche, Visit Ogden, and Ogden Community Foundation.
R Brandon Long
R. Brandon Long is the General Manager of GEAR:30, Ogden’s Mountain Shop, co-owner of The Banyan Collective podcast production company, Host of the Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show podcast, and a member of the Ogden City Arts Advisory Committee.
Brandon grew up in Washington Terrace, and graduated from Weber State University in English and Photography, and worked at the Weber Outdoor Program and the campus radio station throughout his studies. Brandon continues to blend the arts and outdoors through his podcast and career in specialty outdoor retail.