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. This program is available as a free download at http://www.snowpilot.org/. A video on how to download and use this program is available here. Please send us your observations using the buttons below.

Location Region Observation Type Date and time of observation or avalanche occurrence Avalanche observation video Avalanche photos Snowpit videos (tests, etc) Snowpack photos Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph Observation made by
Carson Pass Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation 04/13/2017 - 13:00 Professional Observer
Echo Peak Echo Summit Area Snowpack Observation 04/13/2017 - 12:00 Wet rain soaked snow below 25 to 30 cm of storm snow. Fully refilled skin track after 1 hr. Forecaster
Tram Ridge Squaw Snowpack Observation 04/13/2017 - 12:00 skier triggered loose wet at 6700' 10cm deep slid on old snow NE aspect D1. easy hand shear at 7600' N aspect 15cm down on 1F,F hardness difference. Guide
Alpenglow Expeditions
Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation 04/13/2017 - 11:00 Forecaster
Tallac Desolation Wilderness Area (including Emerald Bay) Snowpack Observation 04/12/2017 - 11:00 Loose wet sluff on a NE aspect at 7500 ft. Forecaster
Armstrong Pass Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation 04/11/2017 - 12:00 Professional Observer
Incline Lake Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation 04/11/2017 - 11:00 ECTN results were obtained from testpit in climbers left side flank. ECTN results in testpit. 2 x ECTN and 1 x ECTP results were obtained from testpit in climbers left side flank. Forecaster
South Fork, Davis Creek Mount Rose Area Avalanche Observation 04/10/2017 - 13:25 Large long running wet slide in South Fork Public
Rubicon Peak West Shore Area Snowpack Observation 04/10/2017 - 12:30 Looking from summit of Rubicon Pk at natural loose wet avalanche on E aspect of Crag Peak. Forecaster
Incline Lake Peak Mount Rose Area Avalanche Observation 04/10/2017 - 12:00 Forecaster
Above winnimucca lake Carson Pass Area Avalanche Observation 04/10/2017 - 11:00 Public
Red Lake Peak N NE aspect Carson Pass Area Avalanche Observation 04/10/2017 - 10:45 Public
W of Winnemucca Lake Carson Pass Area Avalanche Observation 04/10/2017 - 10:01 Public
South of Tamarack Peak Mount Rose Area Avalanche Observation 04/09/2017 - 13:30 Two small slides on a steep northeastern slope with a 6"crown showing a weak layer under wind loading. Public
Ginny Lake Mount Rose Area Avalanche Observation 04/09/2017 - 12:00 Public

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