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
12/17/2015 - 11:30 Incline Lake Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster
12/17/2015 - 13:00 Talking Mountain Echo Summit Area Snowpack Observation Photo of old crown and debris from likely natural avalanche.Echo Lake showing partial ice coverage. Professional Observer
12/18/2015 - 09:45 Fireplug Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster
12/18/2015 - 12:00 Folger Peak Ebbetts Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
12/19/2015 - 10:40 Rubicon Peak N Face West Shore Area Snowpack Observation Public
12/19/2015 - 11:35 Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster
12/19/2015 - 12:30 Andesite Ridge Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Public
12/20/2015 - 11:30 Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Public
12/20/2015 - 11:45 Elephant's Hump Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster
12/20/2015 - 12:05 Carpenter Ridge Northern Aspect Independence Lake Area Avalanche Observation Avalanche debris Carpenter Ridge
Public
12/20/2015 - 12:30 Robbs Peak at the Crystal Basin Outside of the Forecast Area Snowpack Observation Public
12/20/2015 - 12:30 Andesite ridge Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Public
12/20/2015 - 12:33 Waterhouse Peak Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation Public
12/20/2015 - 14:00 Gold Star Point Bear Valley Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
12/21/2015 - 10:30 Tamarack Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster

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