Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies

Swamp Angel Study Site
Swamp Angel Study Plot (subalpine)

Senator Beck Study Site
Senator Beck Study Plot (alpine)

Putney Study Site
Putney Study Plot (summit)

Senator Beck Basin Stream Gauge
Basin Stream Gauge

St Paul Basestation
St. Paul RF Base Station

The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies serves the mountain science community and regional resource managers by hosting & conducting interdisciplinary research and conducting integrative 24/7/365 monitoring that captures weather, snowpack, radiation, soils, plant community and hydrologic signals of regional climate trends.

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Animas Valley Study AreaAnimas Valley Study Area

The Bureau of Land Management has provided a Special Use Permit to the CSAS for the Animas Valley Study Area located just six miles east of Silverton, and adjoining County Road 3, offering a convenient and safe site for visiting field camp faculty and students to use for snow profile exercises, as seen in the photograph below.  A weak, 'continental' snowpack structure is the norm and, while at the site, students can also observe an impressive array of nearby avalanche terrain and discuss the challenges of avalanche forecasting in a continental snow climate.

In the photo to the right, graduate and undergraduate students from Northern Arizona University performing a formal snowpack profile at the Animas Valley Study Area in late February, 2005 with their instructor Dr. Lee Dexter.