This has been a challenging season in many regards. Unfortunately, Taos Avalanche Center is shutting down. Thanks to all those that have supported and believed in providing avalanche education and awareness. Stay safe out in the mountains and if you ever want to talk about conditions feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 781-572-5631.
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|
|Big Tesuque||Outside of the Forecast Area||Snowpack Observation||12/22/2016 - 13:22||Public|
|South of pinky finger, W aspect midslope||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/22/2016 - 12:20||Public|
|East Side of Kachina Peak||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/22/2016 - 11:41||
|Gavilan Canyon||Snowpack Observation||12/21/2016 - 10:57||
|Recap of Storm and Snowpack||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/19/2016 - 11:48||
|Williams Lake Drainage Avalanches||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/18/2016 - 13:27||
|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||
|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||
|Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/08/2016 - 11:03||Forecaster|
|Wildy Bowl||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/07/2016 - 11:56||Forecaster|
|NE Aspect 12,200'||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||12/04/2016 - 11:30||
|No Name Area||Snowpack Observation||12/03/2016 - 08:40||Forecaster|