These observations document past conditions at a small and variable scale. They are not too be confused with an avalanche forecast. They come from a variety of sources. We can only vouch for the quality of those produced by the SAC forecasters and professional observers.
Date and time of observation or avalanche occurrence Location Region Observation Type Photos Snowpack, Avalanche, Weather Videos Snowpit videos (tests, etc) Observation made by
01/07/2021 - 11:00 Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Surface rain crust at 7200' fractured easily. Breakable rain crust between 7000-7500' Forecaster
01/06/2021 - 13:00 Pickett Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Pit location. A large whumpf of this slope was later intentionally triggered. Long shooting crack failing on Dec 11 facets on opposite side of slope from pit location. Long shooting crack failing on Dec 11 facets on opposite side of slope from pit location. Digging out the long crack that failed down to Dec 11 facets. Forecaster
01/06/2021 - 12:30 Incline Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Public
01/06/2021 - 12:00 Mt Judah Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation surface hoar minor cornice cracking blowing snow Guide
Alpenglow Expeditions
01/06/2021 - 12:00 Andesite Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Educator
Tahoe Mountain School
01/06/2021 - 09:00 Castle Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Some snow blowing onto a small wind loaded test slope on the Castle Peak Ridge Snowpit tests on a small wind-loaded test slope. ECTX Surface hoar in Round Valley Scoured SE facing slopes with exposed areas of rain crust. Rimed trees on Castle Peak Small cornice peices broke with a ski kick above a wind-loaded test slope on the Castle Peak Ridge Wind features on the Castle Peak Ridge Forecaster
01/05/2021 - 14:45 Poison Canyon East Facing Bear Valley Area Snowpack Observation Appears to be a very small layer of burried surface hoar at the 71cm interface Public
01/05/2021 - 12:30 Mt. Judah Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Public
01/05/2021 - 12:00 Andesite Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Guide
Alpenglow Expeditions
01/05/2021 - 12:00 Indian Valley Ebbetts Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
01/05/2021 - 10:30 Carpenter Ridge Independence Lake Area Snowpack Observation Today's snowpit site adjacent to 12/31 pit and 12/27 avalanche. Intentionally collapsed cornice sections produced no results. Forecaster
01/05/2021 - 09:15 Waterhouse Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation Waterhouse and Powderhouse Peaks as the morning sun first hits with no visible snow on trees. Surface conditions in open areas on Grass Lake (elevation 7700 feet) Minor settlement cracks around trees Evidence of rain crust and blowing snow. The summit of Waterhouse with previous boot prints visible and areas on zero new snow. PST 90/100 END on 12/11 facets. Facets were findable here but less weak than in other locations. Professional Observer
01/05/2021 - 01:00 Jake's Peak, SSE aspect below Emerald Bay Chutes West Shore Area Snowpack Observation Public
01/04/2021 - 15:00 Grouse Rock Blackwood Canyon or Ward Canyon Area Snowpack Observation ECTP30 on Dec 11th facets Hand hardness (NE aspect, 7850ft, HS 145) Guide
Tahoe Mountain School
01/04/2021 - 14:00 Hawkins Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Looking towards Hawkins Peak from Woodfords, CA. Area of report that held no avalanche when viewed with binoculars. Forecaster

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