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 Regionsort descending 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
near watson lake Snowpack Observation 01/22/2017 - 14:15 Public
NatGeo bowl Snowpack Observation 04/02/2017 - 12:00 glide cracks NatGeo Firnspiegel Guide
Alpenglow Expeditions
Tram Face Squaw Avalanche Observation 04/14/2017 - 13:00 D2 Wet Slab Public
Andesite Peak Snowpack Observation 11/23/2016 - 10:30 Public
Polaris Bowl Avalanche Observation 04/09/2017 - 12:00 Public
Billys Avalanche Observation 01/14/2017 - 09:08 Skin track set this off Public
Tram Ridge Squaw Snowpack Observation 04/09/2017 - 10:45 surface hoar hand shear Guide
Alpenglow Expeditions
Hirschdale Snowpack Observation 03/05/2017 - 13:00 Ski kick triggered wind slab both failures were approximately 20cm deep. Debris from wind loaded test slope that failed Public
upper S. Fork Cold Creek Snowpack Observation 01/01/2017 - 13:00 Public
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
Emigrant Lake accessed from Kirkwood Avalanche Observation 04/14/2017 - 14:30 Public
Outside of boundary in Snow Valley Bear Valley Area Avalanche Observation 03/25/2017 - 13:22 Public
Poison Point Bear Valley Area Snowpack Observation 02/13/2017 - 09:45 Wind scoured snow surface along ridge between Bard's Bowl and Poison Point. Forecaster
north facing slope adjacent to Lake Alpine Bear Valley Area Snowpack Observation 02/20/2017 - 11:32 Public
Round Valley Bear Valley Area Snowpack Observation 01/09/2017 - 11:00 Public

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