Long Canyon

Location Name: 
Long Canyon
Long Canyon Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 12/31/2016 - 11:27
Location Map: 
United States
36° 36' 39.2328" N, 105° 27' 32.5836" W

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Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
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Very light precip starting falling around noon.  Winds were calm and temps starting dropping with the storm approaching.  We headed into Long Canyon and checked out some NE to E aspects.  Travel on the trail was great with all the tree blow downs across the trail covered by the recent snowfall.  Surprisingly good skiing was found on NE and E aspects below the ridgline.  We did find surface hoar and near surface faceting that will likely be buried by the recent snowfall this afternoon.  Southerly and sun exposed aspects had a sun crust on them creating a firm and smooth sliding surface with the new snowfall. Travel was very supportable with low density snow on the surface.   

Photo 1: Surface Hoar that had formed on a NE aspect around 11,000'

Photo 2: Small cornice development on E and NE aspects from the recent strong winds this past week.

Photo 3: Snowpit photo from 11,700' on a NE Aspect in Long Canyon

Video 1: Safe Travel and changing conditions

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
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