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
04/10/2021 - 09:00 Castle Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation 9 am, 5 inches of surface refreeze with residual wet snow below. 9:10 am, poor snow surface refreeze under heavy forest canopy. Climber's left is SW aspect with more snow, climber's is more S aspect with substantially less snowcover remaining. Forecaster
04/09/2021 - 11:00 Mt. Judah Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Multiple loose wet avalanches and cornice fall over the last week Superficial refreeze with punchy conditions in the shade at 10:45am on south aspect This slope was snow covered 1 week ago. Forecaster
04/08/2021 - 11:30 Mt. Houghton Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Mt. Houghton SE/E aspects Strong refreeze with 6''+ melt freeze crust Looking south to Relay Peak Firm crusts near the top of Mt. Houghton, 10,200'. Forecaster
04/07/2021 - 11:15 Castle Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Boot-top deep wet snow on S-SE aspects in wind sheltered areas below treeline at 11:20 Runnels on the snowpack indicating water draining through the snowpack Firm surfaces on wind exposed W and SW aspects in above treeline terrain at 11 am. S-SE aspects had 1-2 inches of soft wet snow on them. Snowpack melting out at lower elevations Areas of unsupportable wet snow under the tree canopy 10:30 Forecaster
04/06/2021 - 13:22 Round top to Kirkwood Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Frozen surfaces on ascent. Trace amounts of snow above 9000' Old firm wind effected snow 3-4" of loose snow @ 9000' on S-facing aspect. Professional Observer
04/06/2021 - 11:30 Relay Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Strong refreeze of the top 9 inches of the snowpack. Several inches of wet snow and tiny roller balls but still ski supportable at 11:30 am on S aspect near 9,500'. Forecaster
04/05/2021 - 11:30 South Side Red Lake Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Looking south from Red Lake Snow coverage on the south side of Red Lake Peak Wet surface snow just after midday.  Looking north from Carson Pass Forecaster
04/04/2021 - 12:00 The Sisters Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Firm and textured snow surface as we gained our high point at The Sisters. As we lost elevation, the snow became punchy and unsupportable, with many turns resulting in deep trenches. Not much snow remaining on steep, sunny aspects in this area. A few roller balls were observed initiating from rocks. Several cornices in the area appeared threatening. Professional Observer
04/04/2021 - 11:30 Castle Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation S aspects provided good spring snow at 11am. S aspects were unsupportable before noon. Guide
Tahoe Mountain School
04/04/2021 - 10:30 Rubicon Peak West Shore Area Snowpack Observation Shin deep wet snow on an E aspect of Rubicon at ~ 8100 ft at 10:30 am Wet snow and small roller balls on an E aspect near the summit of Rubicon Firm and uneven snow surfaces on the upper elevation N aspects of Rubicon Thin refreeze crust on top of wet transistional snow on mid and lower elevation N aspects on Rubicon. By 11 am this thin refreeze crust had melted. Forecaster
04/04/2021 - 10:20 Crater Lake Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Roller balls on the east face of slope View of cornices on ridge just south of Stevens Peak Reduced cornices further south of Stevens Peak as well as wind blown crusty hard snow Wind blown and melted snow near ridge line Dry ridge line between Red Lake and Stevens Peak (looking south) Public
04/04/2021 - 09:00 Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Avalanche Observation Public
04/03/2021 - 12:00 Relay Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation SE aspect at 9,000' at 11 am starting to loose boot supportability. Ridgetop area near rocks and bushes that was poorly refrozen. The snow surface in many areas is becoming increasingly rough on higher traffic slopes. Forecaster
04/02/2021 - 11:00 Mt. Judah Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Shin deep wet snow on a S aspect on Mt. Judah at 11 am. Small ski-cut triggered sluffs of wet snow. Small wet snow instbalities on a small test slope. Wet snow on top of the remnants of last night's refreeze on top of more wet snow. Slightly thicker crust in more shaded areas. Wet snow still existed below the crust. Forecaster
04/01/2021 - 11:30 South Side Castle Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation South side Castle Peak S side gully features N side of Castle still wind scoured, transitional, with some winter snow. Small roller balls by noon on E aspects Wet and deep snow developing on E aspects by noon Forecaster