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Snow in the San Juans

Postby 14erAddict » Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:48 pm

Does anyone have any recent beta on the snow in the San Juans??? Particularly in the Rio Grande Pyramid area. Thanks! :-D
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Re: Snow in the San Juans

Postby SeracZack » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:02 pm

I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say "A lot".

Considering Wolf Creek got almost 4 feet of snow since last Thursday, Purgatory is reporting 65" of snow total so far, and Silverton...Image
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Re: Snow in the San Juans

Postby rocky » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:28 pm

Both North and South San Juans are currently experiencing "considerable" avalanche conditions.

https://avalanche.state.co.us/index.php
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Re: Snow in the San Juans

Postby KyleS » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:58 am

The Wolf Creek Pass area has experienced quite a bit of avalanche activity. The ski area had to close Knife Ridge when there was an in-bounds slide during operating hours, and then more natural slides again overnight (that terrain has since reopened after significant hazard reduction). Apparently there was a layer of surface hoar before this storm, particularly on northern aspects, and the storm slab (42" deep in this area) has been very reactive at that layer. From what I understand, the US 550 area is equally unstable. I would advise against attempting the Rio Grande Pyramid anytime soon, since the standard approach is north facing and certainly steep enough to slide.

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Re: Snow in the San Juans

Postby 14erAddict » Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:40 am

Thanks everyone :)
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