2016-2017 Season Review: Year 1 of the Taos Avalanche Center is in the books. You can read the season review here. Thanks for a great and safe season and we look forward to seeing you next winter!
Please remember that these observations indicate what was going on in the snowpack at a single point in time and space. They may not represent conditions where you are or where you plan to be. They also come from a variety of sources. SAC cannot vouch for the quality or accuracy of any observations that come from the general public. Some of these may be professional quality observations; some may not. Please use observations listed on this page as part of your information gathering process, but as always don't make decisions based on a single piece of information.
If you are looking for more information on how to understand the information on this page, all of the pit data graphs and stability tests are part of what is presented in a Level II avalanche class that follows the American Avalanche Association (AAA) or American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum guidelines. All of the coding and abbreviations for data presented follows the publication Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG) which is the standard for all professional avalanche programs in the US. An electronic copy is available here. Most of what you are looking for is in Chapter 2 and Appendix F part 1. We use a program called SnowPilot to create the snowpit graphs. This program is available as a free download at http://www.snowpilot.org/. A video on how to download and use this program is available here.
|Location||Region||Observation Type||Date and time of observation or avalanche occurrence||Avalanche observation video||Avalanche photos||Snowpit videos (tests, etc)||Snowpack photos||Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph||Observation made by|
|K9 Couloir and Wildy Bowl Main Path||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||05/02/2017 - 10:00||Public|
|Top K4 and Wildy Bowl||South Fork Area||Snowpack Observation||04/20/2017 - 14:00||Public|
|Wind Slabs and Conditions Update||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||03/30/2017 - 10:39||Forecaster|
|Wheeler Peak ridge||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||03/29/2017 - 10:30||Forecaster|
|Storm Update 3/24||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||03/24/2017 - 14:21||Forecaster|
|Williams Lake Area||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||03/20/2017 - 10:13||Forecaster|
|Warm Temps Persist||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||03/15/2017 - 13:34||Forecaster|
|Monitoring Wet Snow Avalanche Conditions||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||03/14/2017 - 13:48||Forecaster|
|Wildy Bowl Area||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||03/13/2017 - 12:25||Forecaster|
|South Fork Drainage||South Fork Area||Snowpack Observation||03/12/2017 - 12:25||Forecaster|
|Wind and Persistent Slab||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||03/02/2017 - 22:26||Forecaster|
|Northeast of Williams lake, sw aspect||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||03/02/2017 - 15:00||Public|
|N face near treeline under Lake Fork||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||02/28/2017 - 11:00||Forecaster|
|Williams Lake Area||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||02/26/2017 - 11:29||Forecaster|
|East face of Kachina||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||02/24/2017 - 10:00||Forecaster|