Flagstaff, Arizona - Backcountry of The San Francisco Peaks and Kachina Peaks Wilderness
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On January 10th a low pressure system deposited 14" of snow @ 10,800 ft., our first significant storm snow of the season. Avalanches are unlikely due to no previous snowpack. It is important to note that this new snowfall is currently the snowpack base and will be subject to metamorphism regionally based on aspect, elevation, and other environmental factors. Finding sufficient coverage for touring on the San Francisco Peaks will be very difficult if not impossible.
Isolated wind slabs may exist in the highest slopes near ridgelines. On January 10th, winds were observed at 11'500 ft. to be in the moderate range (15-35 mph) W-NW.
With only 14" of snow at mid-mountain elevations, coverage is not sufficient for safe skiing/riding. Rocks and logs will be your primary hazard.