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 buttons below.
Date and time of observation or avalanche occurrence Location Region Observation Type Photos Snowpack, Avalanche, Weather Videos Snowpit videos (tests, etc) Observation made by
01/28/2019 - 12:00 Castle Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Looking south down the Sierra Crest.  High level cloud cover preventing widespread snow surface softening Forecaster
01/29/2019 - 11:30 Slide Mountain Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation After a period of morning sun the clouds rolled back into the area around 11 am. It looked like periods of sun also occurred in the afternoon hours. Ankle to boot-top deep wet snow on solar aspects below 8200 ft. Below 8000 ft. numerous shrubs and bushes still remained exposed. Forecaster
01/30/2019 - 11:45 Rose Knob Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Ascending through 7,900' on open ESE aspect terrain at 10:15 am found 4 cm wet snow on top of 12 cm of 1 F hard melt-freeze crust. Open fracture behind cornice at ~8,900'. Conditions becoming unsupportable to travel on skis in treed SE aspect terrain at ~7,600' at 11:45 am. Forecaster
01/30/2019 - 12:00 Angora Peak Desolation Wilderness Area (including Emerald Bay) Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
01/30/2019 - 12:00 Jakes Peak West Shore Area Snowpack Observation 1 to 2 inches of corn on a supportable surface at 11:15 am on a S aspect. 2 to 3 inches of corn snow on a supportable surface at 12:15 on the same S aspect. Cloud cover moved into the area around 1 pm and you can still see sunlight glinting off of exposed crusts in the distance. Smoke cloud with a flat top showing the height of the morning's inversion. Forecaster
01/30/2019 - 13:30 Scotts Lake Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation Melting snow surfaces exposed to full sun. View of the S face of Waterhouse Peak Breakable crust present in some areas that receive partial shade Observation wall of the snowprofile highlighting the layer of buried surface hoar Pieces of buried surface hoar on the underside of a slab from a CT test Public
01/30/2019 - 15:00 Rose Knob Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Public
01/31/2019 - 10:15 Johnson Canyon Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation 2 inches of corn on a supportable melt-freeze layer on a W aspect at 1:15 Crack in the snowpack as a cornice pulls away from the ridge. Forecaster
01/31/2019 - 11:30 Castle Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
01/31/2019 - 12:15 Jake's Peak West Shore Area Snowpack Observation Public
01/31/2019 - 13:00 Stevens Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation 4mm surface hoar on N aspect terrain showing signs of lasting through the day. Shallow surface facets on NNE aspect terrain, unaffected by previous melt. We were breaking trail for this skin track. Forecaster
02/01/2019 - 10:30 Jakes West Shore Area Snowpack Observation Public
02/01/2019 - 11:30 Becker Peak Echo Summit Area Snowpack Observation Public
02/01/2019 - 12:00 Tamarack Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation 4-6mm surface hoar near trailhead in open below treeline terrain at 8700'. 6-8mm surface hoar near Tamarack Peak on E-NE aspects, 9900'. More surface hoar Small avalanche terrain feature, 30-32 degrees, N aspect, with surface hoar present. Forecaster
02/02/2019 - 02:30 .5 km west of the grill/Tom’s meadow Independence Lake Area Avalanche Observation Public

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