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
Becker Ridge Echo Summit Area Snowpack Observation 12/23/2015 - 12:00 Becker Ridge Cornice 12.23.15 In lower elevation trees crust was randomly breakable. Settlement cone. Surface conditions were mix of firm icy crusts or thin wind deposited new snow. Main chunk of broken cornice (approximately size of a skinny van). Highest point of cornice break was 120 cms. Crust Professional Observer
Tamarack Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation 12/23/2015 - 11:30 PST 65|150 END on Tamarack Peak Forecaster
Red Lake Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation 12/23/2015 - 11:00 Professional Observer
Andesite Ridge Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation 12/22/2015 - 11:00 Forecaster
Frog Lake Ridge Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation 12/22/2015 - 10:00 Professional Observer
Frog Lake Ridge Carson Pass Area Avalanche Observation 12/22/2015 - 09:00 Professional Observer
Powderhouse Peak Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation 12/21/2015 - 15:00 Professional Observer
Tamarack Peak Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation 12/21/2015 - 10:30 Forecaster
Gold Star Point Bear Valley Area Snowpack Observation 12/20/2015 - 14:00 Ruschblock Bear Valley 12.20.15 Professional Observer
Waterhouse Peak Luther Pass Area (including Job and Freel) Snowpack Observation 12/20/2015 - 12:33 Public
Andesite ridge Donner Summit Area Snowpack Observation 12/20/2015 - 12:30 Public
Robbs Peak at the Crystal Basin Outside of the Forecast Area Snowpack Observation 12/20/2015 - 12:30 Public
Carpenter Ridge Northern Aspect Independence Lake Area Avalanche Observation 12/20/2015 - 12:05 Avalanche debris Carpenter Ridge Public
Elephant's Hump Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation 12/20/2015 - 11:45 Forecaster
Silver Peak Cabin Creek, Deep Creek, or Pole Creek Area Snowpack Observation 12/20/2015 - 11:30 Public

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