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
03/22/2021 - 09:10 Rubicon Peak West Shore Area Snowpack Observation Public
03/22/2021 - 12:00 Slab Cliffs Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Low cloud layer throughout the day Cracking in wind loaded terrain Cornices are built out, but have gained some strength with only the top layer failing with ski kicks Crusts forming over the weekend from sun and warming temperatures on multiple aspects Forecaster
03/23/2021 - 12:05 Waterhouse Peak Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation 5 inches of new snow in a wind protected open area off the edge of Grass Lake. High sun angle getting well into low to moderate slope angle N aspect terrain. As we approached treeline, our tracks in the new snow became more shallow with NE wind scouring. Intense blowing and drifting snow on the ridgetop. Intense blowing and drifting snow on the ridgetop. Forecaster
03/23/2021 - 12:45 Andesite Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Public
03/24/2021 - 10:30 Powderhouse Peak Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation Wind scoured snow on Powderhouse Peak Wind scoured snow on Powderhouse Peak Snow by skin track (3/21/2021) with hoar frost Snow by skin track (3/24/2021) with no hoar frost Public
03/24/2021 - 12:00 The Sisters Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
03/24/2021 - 12:15 Castle Peak and Andesite Ridge Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation NE wind scouring extened across the ridge and down onto the west side of the ridge. Some skier triggered roller balls and loose wet snow on a steep SE facing aspect at 12:15 pm. Small skier triggered pinwheels on a sunny slope around noon. Hard wind packed slab sitting on soft snow. The wind slab was thin here and behaved more like a breakable crust. Thick (up to 2 ft) hard wind slab created by the NE winds on a W aspect. Jumping on this slope did not trigger failure even when we undercut it. ECTN testing the wind slab. It was pencil hard slab on top of 4-finger soft snow. CT 18 on the interface between the pencil hard wind slab and the 4-finger snow below it. Wind scoured surfaces and wind sculpted features were everywhere on near and above treeline slopes. Wnd scouring and sculpting also extend into near and below treeline areas. Forecaster
03/25/2021 - 11:00 Lincoln Ridge Yuba Pass Area Snowpack Observation Light NE wind scouring on NE aspects near ridgeline Increasing clouds throughout the morning Thin melt freeze crusts developing on sun exposed slopes Forecaster
03/25/2021 - 12:00 Horse Meadow Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
03/26/2021 - 11:00 Mt. Judah Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation NE wind scouring in near treeline terrain Wind scouring in below treeline terrain Firm snow at 11am on south side of Judah Forecaster
03/26/2021 - 13:00 Red Lake Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
03/27/2021 - 11:30 Castle Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Loose wet activity under ski cut on test slope, East aspect around 7700' at 11:30am Loose wet activity under ski cut on test slope, East aspect around 7700' at 11:30am. Pole is 130cm. Guide
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03/27/2021 - 11:45 Steven's Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Pinwheel triggered by ski turn on E aspect at about 8,300'. Surface wet snow on moderate slope angle N aspect at about 8,000' Cornice immediately south of Steven's Peak, heavily NE wind scoured but still capable of collapse. Forecaster
03/28/2021 - 10:50 Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Pinwheels and rollerballs intentionally triggered by a ski cut on a E aspect around 7,800' at 10:50 am. 3 to 4 inch thick surface refreeze overnight on open slopes at 7,300'. Thin surface melt-freeze crust over recent storm snow on N aspect at 7,800'. Very small natural wet loose avalanche from yesterday (3/27) on a NE aspect at around 7,500'. Forecaster
03/29/2021 - 13:50 Elephant's Back Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Melt Freeze crusts in shaded areas. Boot Pen @ 5cm on S facing aspect. Brush and rocks exposed on solar aspects. Boot Pen @ 10-20cm on S facing aspect @ 8000' Professional Observer

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