These observations document past conditions at a small and variable scale. They are not to be confused with an avalanche forecast. They come from a variety of sources. We can only vouch for the quality of those produced by the SAC forecasters and professional observers.
Date and time of observation or avalanche occurrence Location Region Observation Type Photos Snowpack, Avalanche, Weather Videos Snowpit videos (tests, etc) Observation made by
02/10/2022 - 11:50 Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation NW aspect near treeline avalanche path where we dug our snowpit. One inch plus of surface wet snow at midday on ESE (115 deg) aspect terrain. This was present even with a light to moderate speed NE wind. Forecaster
02/09/2022 - 13:15 Bear Valley Little Truckee Summit Areas Snowpack Observation Blowing snow on the Grills Near Surface facets on a NW aspect @ 7800' Affects of prolonged sun and warming on a southerly aspect @ 8000' Weak upper snowpack structure on a NW aspect @ 7800' another shot of near surface facets Educator
West Wind CollectivehW
02/09/2022 - 12:00 Red Lake Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
02/09/2022 - 12:00 Castle Valley Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Guide
International Alpine GuideshI
02/09/2022 - 11:00 Blackwood Ridge Blackwood Canyon or Ward Canyon Area Snowpack Observation Mostly variable snow conditions existed throughout the northerly aspects in this area South facing coverage in lower Blackwood Canyon. South facing terrain in upper Blackwood Canyon off of Twin Peaks Forecaster
02/08/2022 - 14:00 Grills Snowpit Little Truckee Summit Areas Snowpack Observation Public
02/08/2022 - 12:00 Schallenberger Ridge Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Weak surface snow on top of a crust with a layer weak snow below the crust. Shallow soft wet snow existed on sunny SE-S aspects by noon. Southerly slopes are melting out more quickly. Forecaster
02/08/2022 - 12:00 Echo Bowl Echo Summit Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
02/07/2022 - 16:00 Slide Mountain Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Corn flake snow Public
02/07/2022 - 14:00 Big Meadow Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
02/07/2022 - 12:00 Tamarack Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation East aspects are still a mix of winter firm snow and wet spring type snow. Mini penitentes forming on all southerly aspects Forecaster
02/07/2022 - 11:15 Rifle Peak to Second Creek Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Penitentes beginning to form on S aspect, effectively above treeline terrain around 9,000'. Isolated areas of smooth snow surface in wind sheltered terrain. Thin coverage of 2 feet or less at 8,000' on S aspect terrain. Increasingly thin snow cover in the 7,600' to 8,000' zone. Forecaster
02/06/2022 - 22:30 Polaris Point Blackwood Canyon or Ward Canyon Area Snowpack Observation Near surface facets on Northerly terrain at 7,400'.  Ski penetration ~3". Variable... facets in sheltered terrain, ice under tree canopies, and solar impacts near the ridge. Solar and wind effect on flat exposed terrain near 8,000'. Large surface hoar on sheltered NE terrain. Pit on N aspect at 7,300' to monitor uppers snowpack faceting. Public
02/05/2022 - 23:43 Rose Knob Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation N-facing Cornice collapse Big cracks/calving of cornice (different spot than first photo) Significant penitentes on south facing slopes above treeline Melting out to bare dirt in some spots (SE facing slope near Rose Knob Peak) Public
02/05/2022 - 15:06 Northwest of Grills Little Truckee Summit Areas Snowpack Observation Public

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