Location: Long Canyon, Taos Ski Valley, NM. Below UN 12217, NE aspect, ~11,800ft
Discussion: In New Mexico's Sangres, the thin, early season snow pack has already begun to create layers to watch as things progress during the 2013-14 season. The storm last night appears to have come in warm enough to have dropped some graupel, which now sits on a crust. This may be freeze/thaw crust, but rain also likely built this layer. Additionally, the ground layer has already begun to reform, showing some kinetic growth/recrystalization due to temperature gradient (TG) (see 'kinetic growth' and 'temperature gradient' here: http://www.avalanche-center.org/Education/glossary/' )
When referring to the lowest layer in the snowpack I called it "fresh" when I should have said "sugary and slightly saturated"