Avalanche Advisory published on October 18, 2017 @ 5:20 pm
Issued by Brandon Schwartz - Tahoe National Forest

Fall is progressing with periods of snow returning to the high peaks. Daily avalanche advisories typically start in late Nov or Dec as the snowpack builds. In the meantime, companion rescue practice, regional snow avalanche workshops, and online tutorials are a great way to engage the mind for the upcoming season.

No Rating


Above Treeline

No Rating


Near Treeline

No Rating


Below Treeline
advisory discussion

Get some friends out in the snow, sand, or pine needles to review and practice companion rescue skills. Do more than just put new batteries in your transceiver, get out and practice. Make a plan. Winging it on a set of infrequently practiced skills is not a viable option. Get up to speed.

Some great companion rescue info including diagrams and videos can be found here.

The California Avalanche Workshop was a great success. If you missed it, there are other opportunities to attend regional workshops in Seattle, Jackson Hole, Anchorage, Whitefish, Snowbird, Fryeburg (Maine), and Juneau. Dates and more info here.

Visit avalanche.org for an online avalanche tutorial. There is a wealth of online avalanche education resources a click or two away.

Check the SAC events page for local education opportunities. You don't have to wait for formal avalanche classes to continue your education. Get after it now.

recent observations

The observations page is available for sharing snowpack and avalanche observations. If you see something, let us know!

weather summary

Check the NWS Reno Backcountry Weather Forecast. It also includes tabs to remote weather station data.

Click on the button above for info from additional specific weather stations.

Weather observations from along the Sierra Crest between 8200 ft. and 8800 ft.
0600 temperature: (Check the data on the SAC Weather Station Map link at left.) deg. F.
Max. temperature in the last 24 hours: deg. F.
Average wind direction during the last 24 hours:
Average wind speed during the last 24 hours: mph
Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours: mph
New snowfall in the last 24 hours: inches
Total snow depth: inches

This avalanche advisory is provided through a partnership between the Tahoe National Forest and the Sierra Avalanche Center. This advisory covers the Central Sierra Nevada Mountains between Yuba Pass on the north and Ebbetts Pass on the south. Click here for a map of the forecast area. This advisory applies only to backcountry areas outside established ski area boundaries. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This advisory expires 24 hours after the posted time unless otherwise noted. The information in this advisory is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.

For a recorded version of the Avalanche Advisory call (530) 587-3558 x258