Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:50 pm

Today's surprise storm brought up to 7 inches to the region, highest amounts near and above treeline on north through east aspects.
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:35 am

Another surprise storm last night brought 1 - 2 inches to the region
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:08 pm

William's Lake, high and dry awaiting tonight's storm, 3-7" predicted at the lake;

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The Pyramid, Fairview Mountain's east point, even higher and dryer;

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Kachina Peak, centered on the Easter Couloir, not even close to rideable;

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:36 pm

Another fizzler, about an inch in the higher elevations last night. Gold Hill is, well was white this morning. Most of the fresh has melted by now

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:55 am

The storm Wednesday night into Thursday morning, January 10-11 produced 1-4 inches with higher amounts as elevation increases. The snow was very light density, and temps have stayed pretty cold. There still isn't much of a snowpack, maybe some rideable windloaded pockets on ridgelines, where deeper layers do exist on shaded north through east aspects near and above treeline the snowpack is weak, brittle slabs above uncohesive depth hoar. This storm added another thin layer to be watchful of as more small storms cross this region during the near future.
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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:44 pm

January 14th at William's Lake. Last week's storm snow is holding with more typical temps than we've seen so far this Winter. There was 2-3 inches on the ice and around the lake. Although a still-dire snowpack exists across the area, some crossloaded gullies and depressions are filled in and may have enough snow to make a few turns, with caution as rocks will still be a concern. Where there is enough snow to ride, various storm layers are distinguishable and comprised of advanced-stage facets, the probability of triggering a small avalanche which could run onto exposed ground and rocks is considerable. Most other slopes do not have enough snow for avalanches to be a concern, there are a few hanging cornices on leeward aspects to be aware of when hiking below. The trail to Williams Lake has enough snow to ride most of the way down, I would not recommend this as rocks, roots, ice and other obstacles are present.

Lake Fork's eastern slopes from the lake;

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Sin Nombre's northern slopes and couloirs;

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The glacial moraine beneath Lake Fork;

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Fairview's southeast slopes;

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For those of you into hockey or figure skating, the Williams Lake Maintenance Crew was out shoveling snow off the ice;

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby Bob » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:06 pm

JBella wrote:For those of you into hockey or figure skating, the Williams Lake Maintenance Crew was out shoveling snow off the ice;

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Re: Taos Ski Valley/Wheeler Peak Region

Postby JBella » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:31 pm

Not much new to report. There was some cold air in the vicinity yesterday, rime ice developed throughout the forest between 8 and 10.5k for a few hours. Today, there was less snow than a few days ago.

View southwards from the top of NM at 9:25am today;

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