The 142nd and final avalanche advisory for the 2017/2018 season was published on April 22nd. Thank you to all who have supported the avalanche center through volunteer hours, field observations, and financial support.
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|
|04/13/2017 - 16:00||Bowl north of Echo Peak||Desolation Wilderness Area (including Emerald Bay)||Avalanche Observation||Public|
|12/24/2016 - 11:15||Lowest open pitch lookers right of traditional skin track||Blackwood Canyon or Ward Canyon Area||Avalanche Observation||Public|
|01/05/2017 - 11:00||Fireplug||Mount Rose Area||Avalanche Observation||Forecaster|
|01/08/2017 - 08:00||Elephants Hump||Carson Pass Area||Avalanche Observation||Forecaster|
|01/24/2018 - 23:30||Lake of the Woods.||Independence Lake Area||Avalanche Observation||Forecaster|
|02/02/2017 - 11:00||Andesite Peak||Donner Summit Area||Avalanche Observation||Forecaster|
|01/03/2016 - 12:56||Silver Peak - North Ridge||Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area||Avalanche Observation||Public|
|01/06/2016 - 08:00||Far East Ridge of Tamarack Peak||Mount Rose Area||Avalanche Observation||Forecaster|
|01/14/2016 - 06:34||From TD Downhill area||Outside of the Forecast Area||Avalanche Observation||Public|
|01/19/2016 - 10:00||West Fireplug||Mount Rose Area||Avalanche Observation||Forecaster|
|04/09/2017 - 12:00||Ginny Lake||Mount Rose Area||Avalanche Observation||Public|
|11/16/2017 - 09:00||Hourglass bowl||Mount Rose Area||Avalanche Observation||Public|
|11/27/2016 - 07:00||Castle Peak and Basin Peak||Donner Summit Area||Avalanche Observation||Forecaster|
|01/03/2017 - 12:00||Andesite Peak||Donner Summit Area||Avalanche Observation||Forecaster|
|01/04/2017 - 22:00||Castle Peak - north side||Donner Summit Area||Avalanche Observation||Public|