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 Videos Observation made by
01/15/2016 - 13:00 Donner Peak Donner Summit Area Avalanche Observation
Forecaster
02/18/2017 - 03:30 Frog Lake Ridge above Red lake Carson Pass Area Avalanche Observation
Crown and bed surface
Skier with debris field.
Public
04/14/2017 - 09:32 Polaris Bowl Carson Pass Area Avalanche Observation
Public
12/24/2016 - 11:30 Andesite Peak Donner Summit Area Avalanche Observation
Forecaster
01/15/2017 - 13:45 Jobs Peak (Jaws) Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Avalanche Observation
Public
02/05/2017 - 08:00 Upper Spencer's Lake Outside of the Forecast Area Avalanche Observation
Runout
Crown
Public
01/26/2016 - 12:35 Deep Creek Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Avalanche Observation
Public
03/23/2017 - 14:00 Lower Davis Creek Mount Rose Area Avalanche Observation
Looking up the slide path 1500 vertical feet.
Looking down slide path 400 vertical feet
Public
11/16/2017 - 09:00 Hourglass Bowl Mount Rose Area Avalanche Observation
Forecaster
12/10/2016 - 17:00 Elephants Back Carson Pass Area Avalanche Observation
Looking down on the slide from the bench.
Looking up and slightly south from the bench.
Many refrigerator blocks of strong cohesive snow where present in the debris. This block travelled approximated 200 feet.
Three different crown step down features present here. Snow was blowing in and about a foot of wind drifted snow makes the lowest crown appear smaller than it was.
Excavating the lowest crown. The base of this was ice and ground with facets present.
The toe of the debris pile from the side.
Looking up at the slide.
Professional Observer
12/26/2016 - 12:30 North side Ralston Echo Summit Area Avalanche Observation
Public
01/04/2017 - 13:00 Andesite Ridge Donner Summit Area Avalanche Observation
Partially covered up avalanche debris.
Natural avalanche on NE-E aspect wrapping around rock feature.  125' wide x 200' long.
Wind slab avalanche with up to 3' crown.  Covered in by additional snow.
Forecaster
01/10/2017 - 15:00 Deep Creek Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Avalanche Observation
Overview of the slide
The climbers left flank
Another overview
Debris and knocked over trees.
Forecaster
01/20/2017 - 15:45 Andesite Peak Donner Summit Area Avalanche Observation
D2 Wind slab avalanche triggered by a small cornice piece
Small avalanche triggered by a larger piece of cornice
Cracking in the storm snow on in below treeline terrain
Forecaster
02/11/2017 - 12:20 Incline Peak Mount Rose Area Avalanche Observation
Public

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