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
12/30/2016 - 10:30 National Geographic Bowl Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Guide
Alpenglow Expeditions
12/26/2015 - 12:30 South Ridge- Deep Creek Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Small, unstable wind loaded slab.Small, unstable wind loaded slab. Public
02/24/2016 - 12:30 South Shoulder of Gold peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation roller balls on a steep SE aspect @ 12:30PM Guide
Alpenglow Expeditions
11/28/2016 - 12:00 Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster
11/13/2017 - 13:00 Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Fairly thin snowcover on N aspect at 7,800'. Anchors negated.Deepening snowcover on N aspect at 8,000'. Anchors negated. Forecaster
01/06/2017 - 14:33 Deep Creek Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Avalanche Observation Shooting cracks
Slope step down
Public
01/14/2016 - 12:00 Deep Creek Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster
01/12/2017 - 12:00 Deep Creek Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Loose dry sluff triggered by a small cornice dropped onto the slope.The wind loaded test slope that cracked and failed with a hard ski kick after previously being undercut.Settlement crack around the base of a tree. Forecaster
03/19/2016 - 14:30 Sugar Bowl to Squaw traverse Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster
01/13/2016 - 12:35 Ridge east of Tinker Knob Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Public
03/05/2018 - 14:15 Tram Ridge, Shirley Canyon Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation facets in Shirley Canyon Guide
Alpenglow Expeditions
03/13/2017 - 11:00 Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Runnels creating less than smooth snow surfaces on ESE aspects (photo left), transitioning to smooth on NE aspects (photo right).Decent supportability in open areas at 9:45am.Cracking of weak melt freeze crust on nil aspect under forest canopy.Poor supportability of surface melt-freeze on N aspect at 6,700' at 9:30am. Forecaster
12/27/2016 - 11:00 Just north of Tinker, Upper Cold Stream Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Public
04/13/2017 - 11:00 Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Forecaster
03/31/2018 - 10:45 Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Site of crown profile. 1 of 3 deep slab avalanches on N aspect terrain along the E ridge of SIlver. PST prepped to test Feb facets that was the failure layer in the avalanche. Another of 3 deep slab avalanches on N aspect terrain along the E ridge of SIlver. Forecaster

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