Winter is quickly approaching: The TAC team is gearing-up for the oncoming winter season! As we wait for Indian Summer to end, and look forward to snowfall in the high peaks, now is a great time to dust-off your gear and brush-up on your avalanche awareness. Look for upcoming events and trainings, and we're excited for a safe and snowy ski season!
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|
|Williams Lake Area||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/23/2017 - 14:10||
|Raven Ridge Clearing @ 11212'||Outside of the Forecast Area||Snowpack Observation||01/22/2017 - 11:30||Public|
|Wildy Bowl||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/21/2017 - 12:33||
|East face of Long Canyon||Long Canyon Area||Snowpack Observation||01/20/2017 - 12:14||
|East Aspect Above Treeline||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/19/2017 - 12:22||
|Snowshoe Couloir||Long Canyon Area||Avalanche Observation||01/19/2017 - 11:56||
|williams lake drainage||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/18/2017 - 12:11||
|Relica Chute||Red River Area||Snowpack Observation||01/18/2017 - 12:00||Public|
|Lake Fork and No Name Area||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/17/2017 - 12:45||
|Simpson Peak Area||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/16/2017 - 12:17||
|Bull of the Woods Area||La Cal Basin or Lost Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/12/2017 - 12:50||
|East Aspects||Williams Lake Area||Snowpack Observation||01/10/2017 - 13:34||
|Long Canyon, SW Aspect||Long Canyon Area||Snowpack Observation||01/10/2017 - 10:45||Public|
|East face at 11,500ft||Long Canyon Area||Snowpack Observation||01/09/2017 - 13:17||
|Wildy Bowl - Kachina Peak's East Side||Williams Lake Area||Avalanche Observation||01/07/2017 - 11:35||Public|