Please remember that these observations indicate what was going on in the snowpack at a single point in time and space. They may not represent conditions where you are or where you plan to be. They also come from a variety of sources. SAC cannot vouch for the quality or accuracy of any observations that come from the general public. Some of these may be professional quality observations; some may not. Please use observations listed on this page as part of your information gathering process, but as always don't make decisions based on a single piece of information.

If you are looking for more information on how to understand the information on this page, all of the pit data graphs and stability tests are part of what is presented in a Level II avalanche class that follows the American Avalanche Association (AAA) or American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum guidelines. All of the coding and abbreviations for data presented follows the publication Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG) which is the standard for all professional avalanche programs in the US. An electronic copy is available here. Most of what you are looking for is in Chapter 2 and Appendix F part 1. We use a program called SnowPilot to create the snowpit graphs. This program is available as a free download at http://www.snowpilot.org/. A video on how to download and use this program is available here. Please send us your observations using the buttons below.

Location Regionsort descending Observation Type Date and time of observation or avalanche occurrence Avalanche observation video Avalanche photos Snowpit videos (tests, etc) Snowpack photos Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph Observation made by
Andesite Peak Snowpack Observation 11/23/2016 - 10:30 Public
upper S. Fork Cold Creek Snowpack Observation 01/01/2017 - 13:00 Public
near watson lake Snowpack Observation 01/22/2017 - 14:15 Public
Billys Avalanche Observation 01/14/2017 - 09:08 Skin track set this off Public
Hirschdale Snowpack Observation 03/05/2017 - 13:00 Ski kick triggered wind slab both failures were approximately 20cm deep. Debris from wind loaded test slope that failed Public
Wheeler Ridge Bear Valley Area Avalanche Observation 03/04/2017 - 14:10 Public
Round Valley Bear Valley Area Snowpack Observation 01/09/2017 - 11:00 Public
Outside of boundary in Snow Valley Bear Valley Area Avalanche Observation 03/25/2017 - 13:22 Public
Poison Canyon Bear Valley Area Snowpack Observation 01/16/2017 - 13:20 Public
Poison Point Bear Valley Area Snowpack Observation 02/13/2017 - 09:45 Wind scoured snow surface along ridge between Bard's Bowl and Poison Point. Forecaster
north facing slope adjacent to Lake Alpine Bear Valley Area Snowpack Observation 02/20/2017 - 11:32 Public
Apple Bonkers and Horse Canyon Bear Valley Area Snowpack Observation 02/12/2017 - 13:30 Wind scouring near ridgetop in NE aspect. Forecaster
Stanford Rock Blackwood Canyon or Ward Canyon Area Snowpack Observation 01/17/2017 - 11:30 1/12 rain crust at 6700' on North aspect 2-3mm surface hoar below 7000'.  In areas near creek up to 2-3cm in size. Forecaster
Lowest open pitch lookers right of traditional skin track Blackwood Canyon or Ward Canyon Area Avalanche Observation 12/24/2016 - 11:15 Public
Ward Canyon Blackwood Canyon or Ward Canyon Area Snowpack Observation 12/03/2016 - 13:00 Forecaster

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