Long Canyon, 1/20/17 ; soft wind slabs up high

Location Name: 
East face of Long Canyon
Region: 
Long Canyon Area
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:14
Location Map: 
United States
36° 36' 59.7168" N, 105° 27' 22.464" W
US


Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Obvious avalanche path

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
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My partner and I spent innauguration day in the hills.....perfect.  We toured up Long Canyon and found mostly stable conditions below treeline, and soft, fresh windslabs on the ridgetop.  Some areas had recent near surface facets just below the surface, but that seemed to be the exception.  Most of the new snow was un-consolidated and the skiing was great.  The leeward side (E face) of the ridgetop was wind effected, and we were able to collapse several small, soft windslabs.  We stuck to areas not effected by recent winds, and had great skiing in the trees.  All indications told us the building winds would be making the wind slabs more cohesive and scary in the next few days.

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Weather Observations
More detailed information about the weather: 

Light E winds down low gave way to West winds 10-20mph at the ridgetop.  Snowing moderately - and cold.