Please remember that these observations indicate what was going on in the snowpack at a single point in time and space. They may not represent conditions where you are or where you plan to be. They also come from a variety of sources. SAC cannot vouch for the quality or accuracy of any observations that come from the general public. Some of these may be professional quality observations; some may not. Please use observations listed on this page as part of your information gathering process, but as always don't make decisions based on a single piece of information. If you are looking for more information on how to understand the information on this page, all of the pit data graphs and stability tests are part of what is presented in a Level II avalanche class that follows the American Avalanche Association (AAA) or American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum guidelines. All of the coding and abbreviations for data presented follows the publication Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG) which is the standard for all professional avalanche programs in the US. An electronic copy is available here. Most of what you are looking for is in Chapter 2 and Appendix F part 1. We use a program called SnowPilot to create the snowpit graphs. It is available as an online tool or as a downloadable program at http://www.snowpilot.org/. This website also has a quick video and user guide on how to use create snowpits. Please send us your observations using the button above.
Date and time of observation or avalanche occurrence Location Region Observation Type Photos Snowpack, Avalanche, Weather Videos Snowpit videos (tests, etc) Observation made by
03/31/2020 - 11:00 Lincoln Ridge Yuba Pass Area Avalanche Observation Reactive dense wind slab with wide propagation on small test slope. ECTP-13 on buried surface hoar. Buried surface hoar, some up to 10mm + Forecaster
04/01/2020 - 12:00 Red Lake Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Soft snow around 11am below on sunny slopes below tree line Impressive blowing snow on Stevens Peak Graupel down about 15 cms under a crust. ECTN 21 Ridges around 9000 feet were very firm with intense wind. Professional Observer
04/01/2020 - 12:00 Carpenter Ridge Independence Lake Area Snowpack Observation Cornice drops onto wind loaded slope with no results. Breakable surface crusts.  Softening occurred on solar aspects. Wet and soft surface snow by 11am on areas with direct sun. Forecaster
04/02/2020 - 15:00 Webber Peak and Lake of the Woods Little Truckee Summit Areas Snowpack Observation Snowpit near Lake of the Woods Snowpits on Webber Lake Snowpit neat Webber Lake One of many ECTX's Recent roller balls and pinwheels on a NE aspect around 7400 ft. One of the pavement patches in the first few miles of the Jackson Meadows Rd. Forecaster
04/03/2020 - 11:00 Lincoln Ridge Yuba Pass Area Snowpack Observation Firm icy surfaces were widespread, especially on ridges and north facing slopes Buried surface hoar layer. Snowpit tests and general observations indicated that it had gained strength. Forecaster
04/03/2020 - 11:30 Schneider Cow Camp Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
04/03/2020 - 12:00 North east side of basin peak Donner Summit Area Avalanche Observation Public
04/03/2020 - 12:00 Elephant's Hump Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Small and shallow loose wet activity on an east facing slope. Rock hard conditions around 11am on an open north facing slope. A few hundred feet away from the open clearing, north facing trees had soft surface conditions. Top meter of snow. ECTN 15 Professional Observer
04/03/2020 - 16:00 Blackwood Ridge West Shore Area Snowpack Observation Public
04/04/2020 - 10:30 Tamarack Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Incoming storm at 10am. Breakable crusts were widespread Some softening on sun exposed wind protected slopes. Forecaster
04/04/2020 - 16:45 Andesite Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Top of hand pit with 6” on new snow on crust Hand pit showed a weaker/softer snow below the sun crust. Easy fracture at below the crust, then surprisingly another fracture 10-12” inches below the crust. Stomped on cornice and pushed off a small slide Stomped on cornice again further down and it broke up to 25’ away Public
04/04/2020 - 20:30 Castle Peak - Frog Lake Donner Summit Area Avalanche Observation Public
04/04/2020 - 22:00 Frog Lake Cliffs Donner Summit Area Avalanche Observation Public
04/05/2020 - 11:00 Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Avalanche Observation Intentionally triggered storm slab avalanche with 12-18 inch crown, below treeline NE aspect. (Different storm slab than the one in the video.) Snowfall rates at 1.5-2 inches per hour. Forecaster
04/05/2020 - 11:00 Pickett Peak Woodfords Canyon Snowpack Observation Professional Observer

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