Flagstaff, Arizona - Backcountry of The San Francisco Peaks and Kachina Peaks Wilderness
Format and Limitations Statement
Two winter systems impacted Northern Arizona from Saturday through Monday (November 7-9), resulting in our first significant accumulations of the season. Snowbowl is reporting 13" (33cm) at 10800', dwindling to 8" at 9500'.
This is not enough coverage for safe backcountry travel on skis nor snowboard - depending on your tolerance of gear and bodily damage, and what may be lurking under the graupel and rimed dendrite mix. Coverage may be adequate for flat cross country travel, but still expect to find many obstacles.
We don't have any direct observations, and there is plenty of uncertainty regarding the upper mountain conditions, especially in the Inner Basin. We are certain that coverage (for ski touring) will not be adequate for most areas. The best coverage will be on northerly slopes above 11000', however these slopes may also have wind slab danger, or be scoured down to the rugged basalt bed surface.
Approach and egress will be long, difficult and with very thin coverage at this time.
Coverage is thin, and not adequate for downhill skiing, nor snowboarding. Flat terrain may have adequate coverage for cross country skiing, but plenty of obstacles will be hidden under the snow.
We don't have any direct observations, and there is plenty of uncertainty regarding the upper mountain conditions, especially in the Inner Basin. You may encounter wind slabs, primarily on northerly slopes above 11000'.