Final forecast of the 2018/2019 season.

The last avalanche forecast for the 2018/2019 season was posted on Sunday April 21st. Thank you to all who have supported the avalanche center through volunteer hours, field observations, and financial support.

Help us make the avalanche forecasts work better for you!

Before the winter is completely over, we want to hear your thoughts on how avalanche forecasts could be more useful for you. Click here to participate in a survey about avalanche safety ( We are working with researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada to try and figure out how people are using the avalanche forecasts and what information is most useful. We need input from all experience levels and all user groups of backcountry travelers to make the data as meaningful as possible. If you have never looked at the forecast, if you only look at it a few times a winter, or if look at it every day we need your input. Feel free to share the link to the survey with your friends. The more people that complete the survey the better.

Thanks for your help!


Public Review and Comment Period for CA OHMVR Grant

Review and comment on SAC's preliminary application for a CA State Parks OHMVR Grant. Comment period begins 3/5/19 and ends 5/6/19 at 5PM. Navigate to the CA Online Grants Application Page, and click on Review Preliminary Application, on left side bar. The Grant Program field should populate to CAG-18. Select Sierra Avalanche Center from the Agency menu and follow instructions to review and comment. Detailed instructions can be found here.

Win cool prizes by submitting observations!

We are having an observation contest. Prizes will go to the people who earn the most points with their obs. The more data we have the better our forecasts and information can be. Sharing your observations with us will help! Observations can be simple or detailed. We just want to know what you are seeing out there. Prizes will go to the people who earn the most points with their obs. The scoring system is simple:

  • 0 - Observations does not hold any value
  • 1 - Observation with some value is submitted
  • 2 - Observation is submitted in time to be used in the next morning's forecast (before 5 am the following day)
  • 3 - Observation has appropriate details and media and is submitted in time to be used in the next morning's forecast (before 5 am the following day)

The prizes are as follows:

  • 1st Place Male and Female - Gift certificates good for any Voile skis or Splitboard
  • 2nd Place Female - Choice of Mammut Mittellegi Jacket, Women's L or two BCA Link Radios.
  • 2nd Place Male - Mammut Pro 35L airbag backpack, supplied without airbag system and cartridge.
  • 2 Raffle Prizes of SAC swag - to enter the raffle you just have to submit an observation worth at least 1 point.

The contest will include any obs submitted between February 12, 2019, to April 15, 2019.



2018-2019 Scholarships

The deadline for 2018-19 avalanche course scholarship applications was December 1, 2018. There were many great applications that made selecting the winners extremely difficult. See our 2018-2019 Scholarship Article for all the details. And sign up for our newsletter here.