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
01/28/2019 - 10:30 Stevens Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Cloudy skies kept the snow surfaces firm and frozen. Mostly supportable but sometimes breakable sun crusts existed on E aspects. Firm uneven surfaces including exposed rain crusts existed on E-NE aspects. Small pinwheels and rollerballs triggered by a ski cut on an ENE facing slope around 8200 ft. Forecaster
02/02/2019 - 13:00 Hope Valley Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
12/11/2018 - 12:00 Thunder Mountain Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
01/09/2019 - 11:00 Elephant's Hump Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
11/22/2018 - 12:00 Elephant's Back Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
12/16/2018 - 10:00 Frog Lake into Red Lake Carson Pass Area Avalanche Observation Slide path 50yds from where avalanche was triggered The larger snow block is the size of a compact car for reference Public
12/02/2018 - 10:45 Red Lake Peak - Above Crater Lake Carson Pass Area Avalanche Observation Just before the avalanche was triggered. The skier that triggered it just did a ski cut and then a few more turns with no reaction other than loose sluff. The avalanche would be triggered on the next 1 or 2 turns. The skier that triggered the avalanche took this photo of the loose dry sluff just before the avalanche was triggered. Avalanche debris field. The path dog legs out of sight to the left. Looking back at the upper path of the avalanche. You can ski where the skier went over the buried rocks but was able to ski to safety. The upper crown is 12-14" and lower crown 24-30". Overview of avalanche crown. The first ski cut is visible as well as where the skier stopped after releasing the loose sluff. 24-30" avalanche crown Upper bowl of Red Lake peak is visible with previous ski tracks. The lower part of the avalanche path is obscured by a small ridge line with trees. Public
12/06/2018 - 11:00 Red Lake Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
11/30/2018 - 11:30 Frog Lake cliffs Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Hard hardness of pit wall Evidence of previous wind effect on the snow surface even in near treeline terrain. Professional Observer
01/18/2019 - 11:00 Near Frog Lake Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Settlement cone present first thing in the morning. Crown from a natural avalanche during storm. Several cornices were pulling away and revealing cracks. Down 70 cms adjacent to the old crown, 5-10mm surface hoar crystals. Around noon a wet fog rolled through coating everything in rain droplets. Professional Observer
12/22/2018 - 11:30 Elephant's Back Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
01/10/2019 - 12:00 Blue Lakes Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
11/24/2018 - 10:00 Meiss Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
12/19/2018 - 13:45 West ridge of peak 9,422’ Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Public
01/08/2019 - 11:00 Red Lake Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Settlement cones. Very strong snow for the top 40cms in this area. ECTP 24 down 45cms from surface Professional Observer

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