We are excited for the upcoming winter season and providing Northern New Mexico with backcountry avalanche forecasts and education. As we wait for snow, we are currently working on new things for the upcoming season. We are in the process of creating a new website with a big thanks to the National Avalanche Center and Sawtooth Avalanche Center for their help and resources on this endeavor. We are also partnering with Silverton Avalanche School for avalanche courses in New Mexico this season. As we find out more details on dates we will post them to the website. Right now is great time to dust off your gear and make sure everything is in working order.
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|
|No Name Area||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/28/2016 - 11:19||Forecaster|
|Kachina Peak / Lake Fork Area||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/27/2016 - 11:10||Forecaster|
|Williams Lake Drainage||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/26/2016 - 11:14||Forecaster|
|Kachina Basin (out of bounds)||Snowpack Observation||12/24/2016 - 10:30||Forecaster|
|Tresckow Highline Ridge TSV||Outside of the Forecast Area||Snowpack Observation||12/23/2016 - 11:30||Professional Observer|
|Big Tesuque||Outside of the Forecast Area||Snowpack Observation||12/22/2016 - 13:22||Public|
|East Side of Kachina Peak||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/22/2016 - 11:41||Forecaster|
|Gavilan Canyon||Snowpack Observation||12/21/2016 - 10:57||Forecaster|
|Recap of Storm and Snowpack||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/19/2016 - 11:48||Forecaster|
|Williams Lake Drainage Avalanches||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/18/2016 - 13:27||Forecaster|
|Williams Lake Area||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/17/2016 - 14:09||Forecaster|
|Williams Lake/Kachina Basin||Snowpack Observation||12/16/2016 - 14:19||Forecaster|
|Above Williams Lake||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/13/2016 - 09:51||Forecaster|
|Long Canyon - NE aspect @ 11,735ft||Long Canyon Area||Snowpack Observation||12/12/2016 - 12:02||Forecaster|
|Lake Fork Peak - NE aspect @ 12,500ft||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/09/2016 - 12:02||Forecaster|