Taos Ski Valley Region

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Yesterday, 5-6 inches. Last night, 3-4. Looks like a lot more snow coming this week!
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About a half inch today with moderate wind. More of each coming tonight
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About an inch last night, moderate winds deposited loose, dry graupel-consistency snow consisting of much smaller-than-normal crystals in the usual places.
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About an inch yesteray and the previous night, moderate winds continued to create slabs, and it's breezy this morning
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10-15 inches yesterday afternoon and evening, after 2-4 the previous night. Winds were steady until the front came through about 1pm, when it really picked up. The previous night brought moderate winds, then as the front passed there were gusts up to about 80mph. After the wind calmed down it dumped, at one point 4 inches accumulated in 20 minutes. There are deep, dry, unstable wind drifts in many areas, before it dumped yesterday I noticed the snow had been stripped of all available moisture by the wind and dry atmospheric conditions the previous few days, turning the snowpack into a dry, brittle pack comprised of the various layers. Now that is holding the storm slab from yesterday, with more significant accumulations expected tonight and tomorrow. Use extreme caution and intricate route selection if travelling in the backcountry.
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Northerly and easterly winds today created some interesting features, and likely continue to tonight. Temps are cold, it is snowing tiny crystals. Snow amounts forecasted with this storm have dropped throughout the day, after about an inch and a half since noon.
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Half inch last night and lots of interesting wind drift formations from the north and easterly winds.

The northern Sangres have a bit less snow, while the layers are mostly the same. The CAIC has finally been reporting and forecasting for their part of the range, their assessment of persistent slabs is very similar to what is going on in the New Mexico Sangres;

http://avalanche.state.co.us/forecasts/ ... de-cristo/

Persistent Slab avalanches can be triggered days to weeks after the last storm. They often propagate across and beyond terrain features that would otherwise confine Wind and Storm Slab avalanches. In some cases they can be triggered remotely, from low-angle terrain or adjacent slopes. Give yourself a wide safety buffer to address the uncertainty.
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2 inches yesterday. This morning, I had a few minutes to dig a pit and examine the basic characteristics of the snowpack. This was at 10,333' on Frazer Mountain's north side, 56" deep pack comprised of faceting layers sandwiching old surface hoar layers. I only had time for a shear test and the results speak for themselves;
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After dropping the top slab it broke apart into three nearly-equal size slabs. The bottom of the column sheared easily at each layer, and also at the ground.
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Just found this site. Hi there, JBella.

Went for a tour up William's Lake today. Dug a pit on the lower slopes of Wheeler, not far from the lake.

Approx 11100', 30 degree slope, SW aspect.
130cm to the ground where I dug.
Compression test popped on six taps from the wrist, broke about 30cm from the ground on facets. Plenty of other layers were evident, but none broke before the whole thing went from the ground.
Perhaps not representative of the whole area, but something to watch our for. I think in certain spots this is something we'll be dealing with for a while.

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Yesterday morning there was a half inch to an inch fresh, then it snowed 1-2 inches during the afternoon. Last night about 3-4.5 inches of very light, dry snow consisting of large visibly structures snowflakes, and up to 6 inches at Bull of the Woods pasture. There are soft and dry drifts on ridges built by mild westerly winds.
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Snowed another 6 inches near the yurt today, with 4 accumulating between about 1 and 4pm. 2-4 inches in most other areas, with some isolated deep wind drifts on west aspects near treeline.
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A half inch to an inch last night in most areas, 4 at Bull of the Woods Pasture. Light winds from the southwest-west, it was cold this morning. Light surface hoar development on northerly aspects.
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Anyone interested in a mostly low-angled but strenuous tour on Monday? Thinking of the trees east of the yurt and between yurt and Gold Hill. An early run to Red River and back is also a possibility.
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Skied a couple runs today east and north of yurt. Good enough coverage for the deadfall in there. Surface was nice recyled snow on top of mostly consolidated layers. Ski cuts and numerous tree plops on 30-ish degree pitches produced no results. South aspects had free water in them. Expect MF crusts, breakable, on south aspects.
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Kerry wrote:Anyone interested in a mostly low-angled but strenuous tour on Monday? Thinking of the trees east of the yurt and between yurt and Gold Hill. An early run to Red River and back is also a possibility.
Hi Kerry, wish I'd checked this last night! I'm heading up that way in a little while, maybe see you on the trail. Thinking South Point Gully which drops onto the BotW trail about a half mile below the yurt
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