These observations document past conditions at a small and variable scale. They are not too 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
03/06/2021 - 12:30 Top of Waterhouse 2 Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation Snow pit after PST and CTs Public
03/06/2021 - 10:45 Incline Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Signs of newly formed wind slab. New cornice build out above smooth slopes that had held a rough surface pre storm. Forecaster
03/06/2021 - 10:30 Observation point Shirley Canyon Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation Guide
Alpenglow Expeditions
03/05/2021 - 13:30 Relay Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Small loose wet sluff triggered by a ski cut on a SE facing test slope Wind sculpted surfaces on a NE facing slope off Relay Ridge Surface texture created by differential melting on a sun-exposed slope. Mostly sunny skies as of 1:30 pm ECTN on a N facing slope Public
03/05/2021 - 11:22 Talking Mountain Echo Summit Area Snowpack Observation Rollers on descent north east ridge from Talkers peak Surface features on south aspect heading up to Talkers peak Public
03/04/2021 - 12:00 Johnson Canyon Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation Icicles dripping off a small cornice. A crack on the ridge where a large corince is seperating from the ridge. Large overhanging cornice Blocks from an older cornice collapse Wind scoured surfaces along the ridge Boot top deep wet snow on a SE aspect at noon A patch of cold soft snow on a shaded and sheltered N aspect. Forecaster
03/03/2021 - 14:15 Peak 9452 Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Cool Juniper and sorta depressing bare dirt beneath it at about 8400 ft on a south facing slope. Firm snow surface with a rough surface texture. A very small north facing slope with a tiny bit of soft snow remaining. A few shady SE aspects were very firm and thoughts of slipping might have passed through my mind. These cracks were about twenty feet back from the edge of cornice Nearing the summit there was lots of evidence of previous strong winds and melt. Professional Observer
03/03/2021 - 13:30 Ellis Peak West Shore Area Snowpack Observation Guide
NORTH AMERICAN SKI TRAINING AND CLIMBING
03/03/2021 - 11:00 Mt. Judah Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation The two rain crusts near the surface of the snowpack with weaker snow around them. 2-3 inches of wet snow on top of a mostly supportable melt-freeze crust on south facing slopes. Cloud cover to the S along the Sierra Crest. Forecaster
03/02/2021 - 14:30 Ellis Peak West Shore Area Snowpack Observation Guide
NORTH AMERICAN SKI TRAINING AND CLIMBING
03/02/2021 - 12:20 Incline Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Very minor wet loose instability triggered by ski cut on 40-42 degree convexity. Very minor wet loose instability triggered by ski cut on 40-42 degree convexity. Slightly thicker but still minimal cloud cover looking to the SW across Lake Tahoe. Minimal cloud cover looking to the NW. Forecaster
03/01/2021 - 12:00 Red Lake Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation South side of Red Lake Peak Smooth snow surface, but remained mostly firm above 8600'. Forecaster
02/28/2021 - 16:20 Elephant’s Hump Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Cracks on Elephant’s Hump Wind blown hard crust on Elephant’s Hump Public
02/28/2021 - 14:26 Lola Little Truckee Summit Areas Snowpack Observation Public
02/28/2021 - 13:30 White Rock Little Truckee Summit Areas Snowpack Observation Public

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