Unfortunately, the Taos Avalanche Center will be shutting down for the season. Road access has been closed to the main trailhead in the area. Out of respect to the Village of Taos Ski Valley and their wishes during this time we have decided to shut down, as we don't have access to make observations to produce forecasts. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 781-572-5631. Stay safe, take care of yourself and others.
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|
|Long Canyon||Long Canyon Area||Snowpack Observation||02/04/2020 - 12:48||Forecaster|
|Hard Slabs and Melt-Freeze Crust||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||02/03/2020 - 12:00||Professional Observer|
|Wilde Bowl||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||02/01/2020 - 09:20||Public|
|Lake Fork Peak||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/31/2020 - 11:21||Forecaster|
|Long Canyon||Long Canyon Area||Snowpack Observation||01/30/2020 - 12:03||Forecaster|
|Strong over Weak||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/28/2020 - 14:00||Professional Observer|
|Snowpack Depths are Highly Variable||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/24/2020 - 14:00||Professional Observer|
|West aspect Mt Walter||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/23/2020 - 12:30||Public|
|Lake Fork||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/23/2020 - 12:00||Professional Observer|
|Ring Finger Area||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/22/2020 - 10:26||Forecaster|
|ENE Aspect Near and Above Treeline||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/21/2020 - 13:04||Forecaster|
|Long Canyon Ridgeline||Long Canyon Area||Snowpack Observation||01/19/2020 - 12:00||Professional Observer|
|Recent Avalanche Activity||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/18/2020 - 11:00||Professional Observer|
|Naturals at All Elevations||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/17/2020 - 14:26||Professional Observer|
|Hard Slabs Above Treeline||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/16/2020 - 13:00||Professional Observer|