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. This program is available as a free download at http://www.snowpilot.org/. A video on how to download and use this program is available here.

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
Echo Peak Echo Summit Area Snowpack Observation 03/07/2016 - 13:00 Rime falling off lower elevation trees. Settlement cones around trees at 7600 feet. Professional Observer
Elephants Hump Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation 03/07/2016 - 12:30 Forecaster
Above the Skiers left trees in Dead tree bowl Carson Pass Area Avalanche Observation 03/07/2016 - 12:00 Public
Angora Echo Summit Area Snowpack Observation 03/07/2016 - 10:32 Public
Powderhouse Peak Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation 03/06/2016 - 14:00 Powderhouse Wind Slab 2016.3.6 Short graupel event in the afternoon. Wind affected snow and blowing snow on the summit ridge. Rider caused cracks in the wind slab. Small rider triggered wind slab. Professional Observer
north of Galena Peaks Saddle Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation 03/06/2016 - 14:00 Public
Andesite Peak Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation 03/06/2016 - 14:00 Guide Tahoe Mountain School
Tamarack Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation 03/06/2016 - 12:00 Forecaster
Hidden Peak West Shore Area Snowpack Observation 03/06/2016 - 11:30 Forecaster
Donner Pass Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation 03/05/2016 - 14:00 Guide Tahoe Mountain School
Jakes Peak West Shore Area Snowpack Observation 03/05/2016 - 12:00 Forecaster
Jakes Peak West Shore Area Avalanche Observation 03/05/2016 - 11:15 20160305 Jake's Peak, CA, intentionally triggered loose wet avalanche. Forecaster
Incline Lake Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation 03/04/2016 - 13:00 Forecaster
Donner Ridge Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation 03/04/2016 - 09:30 Educator Donner Summit Avalanche Seminars
Red Lake Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation 03/03/2016 - 12:00 Forecaster

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