Snow on North Aspects above 11,000'

Location Name: 
Lobo Peak
Region: 
Red River Area
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:18
Location Map: 
United States
36° 36' 43.5924" N, 105° 32' 12.2208" W
US



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

Not much new is going on with the snowpack.  Any semblance of a snowpack exists above 11,000' on North aspects ranging from 2 to 12 inches.  Most of this snow is just facets with the leeward sides of ridges having isolated deteriorating wind slabs.  We're back to square one with no continuous snow on East, South and West facing slopes. Travel is still impossible on skis.  No stability tests were conducted today, it was more about getting a better idea about the snow distribution for when it does snow again.  One silver lining is that it's been fun to explore areas that are harder to get to, scouting different terrain for future skiing.

Photo 1:  A dismal looking snowpack at 12,100' on a North aspect.   Small facets on the bottom (1 - 2 mm) with a soft wind slab on top.

Photo 2:  North facing slopes still holding snow.  The photo makes it look better than it is.  Anywhere from 2 to 12" of faceted snow.   

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None