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
01/02/2019 - 10:00 Porcupine Ridge Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation A thin wind slab over roughly 15cms of very weak NSFs The wind slab varied in thickness and strength, but did show ability to crack. A lot of Surface Hoar in this area. North facing slopes held some impressively large Surface Hoar. Professional Observer
03/26/2019 - 12:00 Trimmer Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
02/06/2019 - 10:00 Flagpole Peak Echo Summit Area Snowpack Observation Avalanche debris from a previous slide was buried under about a foot of soft snow. Minor wind effect observed at the saddle near the summit. Snow was still very soft. Some trees at the summit ridge still held snow despite previous wind and current direct sun. Tree wells were deep. Professional Observer
03/29/2019 - 11:00 Trimmer Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Small cracks on the edge of a wind blown feature. Small windslab on a steeper convexity test slope. Same test slope. My partner noticed this as terrain irregularity with signs of wind effected snow. Professional Observer
12/21/2018 - 09:15 Powderhouse Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation Natural roller ball activity below treeline on Luther Pass. A good number of tree bombs were falling as snow became saturated. Widespread cracking near and above treeline. Very reactive wind slabs on small test slopes. Looking down this small test slope at the bed surface, stauch wall, and debris. Looking across bed surface at crown and flanks. Professional Observer
01/21/2019 - 10:45 Powderhouse Peak Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation Minimal signs of settlement, just a few cracks around trees. Widespread sastrugi in top 200-300 feet of elevation above and below tree line. Above tree line small test slopes showed moderate crack propagation. Small wind slab. Professional Observer
03/17/2019 - 11:00 Stevens Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Above 8600 feet on open east facing terrain the snow was very close to corn. A few shaded gullies held more wintry snow. Professional Observer
12/06/2018 - 10:00 Powderhouse Peak Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation Widespread surface hoar in open areas. Above the inversion. Professional Observer
01/05/2019 - 16:30 Becker Ridge Echo Summit Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
01/31/2019 - 11:30 Castle Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
02/16/2019 - 22:00 Powderhouse Peak Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation Graupel was very widespread at Powerhouse this afternoon. Near the summit a fully extended pole could easily be buried up to the handle. Stormy day with strong winds near the ridges. Professional Observer
03/12/2019 - 12:00 Horse Meadow Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
01/01/2019 - 13:00 Indian Valley Ebbetts Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
02/14/2019 - 12:00 Elephant's Hump Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
02/28/2019 - 13:00 Frog Lake Ridge Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer

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