This page displays avalanche incidents reported to the Sierra Avalanche Center that have occurred in the backcountry and involve a person caught, buried, and/or injuried.

Location Region Date and time of observation Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph Avalanche photos Avalanche observation video
Hourglass bowl Mount Rose Area 11/16/2017 - 09:00
Hourglass Bowl Mount Rose Area 11/16/2017 - 09:00
Tamarack Pk - Hourglass Bowl Mount Rose Area 11/16/2017 - 09:00
Mt. Tallac Cross Desolation Wilderness Area (including Emerald Bay) 04/15/2017 - 13:00
Tallac Cross Desolation Wilderness Area (including Emerald Bay) 04/15/2017 - 13:00
Above winnimucca lake Carson Pass Area 04/10/2017 - 11:00
Red Lake Peak N NE aspect Carson Pass Area 04/10/2017 - 10:45
W of Winnemucca Lake Carson Pass Area 04/10/2017 - 10:01
Mt. Tallac-The Cross Desolation Wilderness Area (including Emerald Bay) 03/25/2017 - 12:30 Skier descending onto slope before avalanche. Looking down avalanche debris. Looking up avalanche debris towards crown. Part of the crown.
Beneath Elephant's Back Carson Pass Area 03/03/2017 - 12:08 Avy and path just after incident. Skier in place where avy stopped. Other recent natural avys on similar aspects.
North Bowl Castle Peak Donner Summit Area 03/02/2017 - 13:20
Andesite Peak Donner Summit Area 02/20/2017 - 10:50 Initial cracks triggered by kicking on the upper part of slope which caused the avalanche down lower at the mid slope convexity. Initial cracks triggered by kicking on the upper part of slope which caused the avalanche down lower at the mid slope convexity. The small avalanche in which skier was caught. Red lines over crown of lower avalanche that occurred before ski pole drop. Green line over crown of small avalanche that carried skier. Skier with deployed airbag after being carried 200 vertical feet by small avalanche, no burial.
Frog Lake Ridge above Red lake Carson Pass Area 02/18/2017 - 03:30 Crown and bed surface Skier with debris field.
Due south of Rose Knob Peak Mount Rose Area 02/12/2017 - 12:30 Aftermath of Avalanche near Rose Knob Peak. Avalanche Path in Yellow.
Main bowl of Rose Knob Peak East Shore Area 02/12/2017 - 11:30
Incline Peak Mount Rose Area 02/11/2017 - 12:20
Porcupine Ridge East Shore Area 01/25/2017 - 13:02
Manzanita Bowl, Slide Mtn Mount Rose Area 01/21/2017 - 13:20 Crossing couloir with slide below skier Skiing debris field after controlled ski cut release 24" diameter tree avy damage from last storm cycle. Debris already buried
Lower Manzanita Bowl Mount Rose Area 01/21/2017 - 13:05 Storm slab on side loaded small ridge top. Search and Rescue in background
Fireplug Mount Rose Area 01/05/2017 - 11:00 Avalanche overview photo. Zoom in to see details. Crown line to 6 feet at lower left in overview photo. Lookin down to debris from crown line in far lower left of overview photo.
Fireplug Mount Rose Area 01/05/2017 - 10:53
Bronco Chutes Mount Rose Area 12/31/2016 - 09:30
Andesite Peak Donner Summit Area 12/24/2016 - 11:30
Red Lake Peak Carson Pass Area 12/18/2016 - 12:00
Mt. Rose Chutes - CLOSED AREA Mount Rose Area 12/10/2016 - 10:18 Starting zone on the upper avalanche path after the afternoon avalanche release. This is a mix of the morning and afternoon crowns. Note how the crown steps down into different layers. Closeup of the crown. Overview of the upper starting zone Smaller avalanche from the afternoon in an adjacent path. Close up of the small crown in the lower adjacent path Looking down the slope to the debris pile. Looking up from the debris. Photo by Andrew Pinkham The confluence of debris where the skier was found. The person is standing next to the burial location. Standing in the hole where the skier was buried. He was buried prone in the area at my feet.
Below the Cornice in Polaris Bowl Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) 03/15/2016 - 03:00
Andesite Ridge Donner Summit Area 01/16/2016 - 12:00
Donner Peak Donner Summit Area 01/14/2016 - 14:30
Tallac Corkscrew bowl, skiers left entry Desolation Wilderness Area (including Emerald Bay) 01/14/2016 - 13:00 This is the crown profile The crown from below, this shows about half the total crown I believe This is the debris field, the arrow marks where the snowboarder had ended up in the tree and was buried up to his waist.  His head and neck were above the snow the whole time, and had no injuries. This pit below the final ridge on the skin track, East facing, 33degrees 9000ft shows the weak layer which was very reactive CT3 for me and CT 13 for the one on the right.  Not sure if this is a new layer or if this is an older, seems like a new layer and the new storm snow/wind slab.
Silver Peak - North Ridge Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area 01/03/2016 - 12:56
Bear Claw Mount Rose Area 12/31/2015 - 13:00
Elephants Back NE face Carson Pass Area 11/11/2015 - 11:30
NE slope of Elephant's Back Carson Pass Area 11/11/2015 - 11:00
Castle Peak North Bowl Donner Summit Area 12/16/2014 - 20:21
North east of Grouse Rock Blackwood Canyon or Ward Canyon Area 12/16/2014 - 13:23
Couloir above Round Top Lake Carson Pass Area 12/01/2014 - 15:15
North bowl Carson Pass Area 03/31/2014 - 13:03
Below Grouse Rock Blackwood Canyon or Ward Canyon Area 03/27/2014 - 07:35
Red Lake Peak Carson Pass Area 02/17/2014 - 10:00
Mt. Rose Highway Mount Rose Area 03/09/2013 - 12:30

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