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
01/10/2018 - 12:00 East Ridge Tamarack Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation ECTP-11 down 1' on facet layer.  9200', N aspect, below treeline terrain.Snowpack layering at 9400' on N aspect.  18'' of snow, with a crust/facet combo below.Facets at 9400' were dry to moist. Forecaster
03/30/2017 - 13:00 East Ridge Tamarack Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Small wind loaded test slope cracking.  9400', SE aspect. Shooting cracks off of ski tips.  8'' wind blown snow, 9200', SE aspect.N aspect starting zones scoured from gale force NW winds.Small wind slab test slope failure on undercut slope, S aspect, 9300'.Skin track refill within 20 minutes. Forecaster
01/03/2017 - 13:15 Andesite Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Pointing at the old/new snow interface.Pointing at facets near the Dec 15 rain crust. Forecaster
01/25/2016 - 12:00 Talking Mountain Echo Summit Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster
02/18/2016 - 07:00 Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Avalanche Observation
Forecaster
03/21/2018 - 11:30 Emerald Bay Desolation Wilderness Area (including Emerald Bay) Avalanche Observation Forecaster
02/16/2017 - 12:00 Ophir Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Large snow transport amounts over Slide Mountain. Small test slopes did not show any signs of cracking or propagation. Forecaster
12/16/2015 - 13:00 Rubicon Peak West Shore Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster
11/22/2016 - 12:00 North Side Castle Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster
03/20/2016 - 09:45 Rubicon Peak West Shore Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster
11/26/2016 - 11:00 Tamarack Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster
01/13/2016 - 11:30 Bards Bowl Bear Valley Area Avalanche Observation
Forecaster
03/12/2017 - 11:00 Slide Mountain Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Ski and boot supportable snow on solar aspects at 11:30am.Rough snow texture from previous wind and avalanche debris. Forecaster
02/18/2018 - 12:00 Rubicon Peak West Shore Area Snowpack Observation Wind scoured N aspects at 9000'. Forecaster
12/20/2016 - 10:15 Tamarack Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster

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