Flagstaff, Arizona - Backcountry of The San Francisco Peaks and Kachina Peaks Wilderness
Format and Limitations Statement
A few inches of snow accumulated during two events in late September and early October. A stronger system during October 11-12 provided a bit more snow at lower mountain elevations. At 9730ft, the Snowslide Canyon (Innerbasin) SNOTEL reported a snow depth of 7" (18 cm) on October 12. Presumably higher elevations have received more snow, but observations (at a distance) indicate that most rocks are still visible above the snow.
Currently, conditions are not suitable for backcountry ski touring or boarding, and even access by foot may be challenging due to uneven distribution and consistency of snow cover. Until more snowpack builds, natural and human triggered avalanches will be unlikely.
We will resume regular snowpack summaries when the backcountry gets sufficient coverage.
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