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
Northeast of Williams lake, sw aspect Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 03/02/2017 - 15:00 Public
N face near treeline under Lake Fork Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 02/28/2017 - 11:00 Forecaster
Williams Lake Area Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 02/26/2017 - 11:29 Wind Slab Above Treeline A little bit of soft snow from Today Near Treeline Wind Slabs Forecaster
East face of Kachina Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 02/24/2017 - 10:00 Forecaster
back side of Kachina Peak South Fork Area Snowpack Observation 02/21/2017 - 13:20 Forecaster
Williams Lake Area Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 02/16/2017 - 22:32 Forecaster
Wildy Bowl, east side Kachina Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 02/13/2017 - 09:30 Public
east of kachina summit on northeast aspect Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 02/12/2017 - 11:30 Public
east kachina peak Williams Lake Area Avalanche Observation 02/12/2017 - 11:00 Public
Near El Funko Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 02/11/2017 - 13:30 Public
Shoulder of Lake Fork Peak Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 02/10/2017 - 12:52 wind transporting snow at ridgetops firm sun crust from Thurs - breaking down midday Fri wet loose slide on side of TSV road at low elevation N aspect (sorry for bad view) Forecaster
South Fork Drainage South Fork Area Snowpack Observation 02/09/2017 - 12:50 SE Aspect Adjacent to Old Crown 11,950' NW Aspect N Aspect Cross Loaded Ridge 12,672' Forecaster
Goose Lake Area Red River Area Snowpack Observation 02/08/2017 - 12:52 Softer Wind Slab in Long Canyon with low density below it. Goose Lake Area Clean Shear on buried weak layer Forecaster
Lake Fork Area Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 02/07/2017 - 12:23 Cross Loading on No Name Near Surface Faceting on an E aspect at 12,400' covered by a very small wind slab WInd Slab Swirling Winds Forecaster
mid slope ENE face of Kachina Peak Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 02/06/2017 - 10:15 Pencil hard melt/freeze surface crust Forecaster

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