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.
|Location||Region||Observation Type||Date and time of observation or avalanche occurrence||Avalanche observation video||Avalanche photos||Snowpit videos (tests, etc)||Snowpack photos||Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph||Observation made by|
|Elephants Back/Frog Lake Cliffs||Carson Pass Area||Snowpack Observation||12/15/2017 - 12:00||Forecaster|
|West side Relay Peak||Mount Rose Area||Snowpack Observation||12/14/2017 - 16:00||Public|
|Andesite Peak and S aspect of Castle Pk||Donner Summit Area||Snowpack Observation||12/14/2017 - 11:00||Forecaster|
|Castle Peak||Donner Summit Area||Avalanche Observation||12/13/2017 - 15:27||Public|
|Chickadee Ridge||Mount Rose Area||Snowpack Observation||12/13/2017 - 12:00||Forecaster|
|Andesite Peak||Donner Summit Area||Snowpack Observation||12/13/2017 - 11:30||Forecaster|
|Basin Peak||Donner Summit Area||Snowpack Observation||12/12/2017 - 11:30||Public|
|Castle Peak||Donner Summit Area||Snowpack Observation||12/11/2017 - 13:00||Forecaster|
|East Ridge Tamarack Peak||Mount Rose Area||Snowpack Observation||12/11/2017 - 12:00||Forecaster|
|Becker Ridge||Echo Summit Area||Snowpack Observation||12/10/2017 - 12:30||Forecaster|
|Castle Pass||Donner Summit Area||Snowpack Observation||12/10/2017 - 12:10||
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