Long Canyon

Location Name: 
Long Canyon
Long Canyon Area
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 01/30/2020 - 12:03

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Went out to Long Canyon on Thursday.  Overall, found a shallow snowpack less than 1.5 m on most aspects near and below treeline.  In many of our snowpits, our shallow snowpack is faceting out, with decomposing slabs. (See Video).  Above treeline, our snowpack still contains those faceted weak layers, however has harder more cohesive slabs that rest on top. (See Video)

Photo 1: Shallow snowpack on a west aspect below treeline.  Decomposing slabs with depth hoar on the ground. Very weak faceted layers in between the decomposing slabs.

Photo 2: Small wind slab avalanche on an East aspect.  Very small lens just below the cornice that was running on the old bed surface 

Photo 3: Columbine canyon


Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

Beautiful day with surprisingly cold temperatures, but felt warm in the sun.  Light winds with no snow transporting.