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
East Aspects Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 01/10/2017 - 13:34 Forecaster
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 Cornices building with continued W winds Forecaster
Wildy Bowl - Kachina Peak's East Side Williams Lake Area Avalanche Observation 01/07/2017 - 11:35 Public
Nambe Chutes Outside of the Forecast Area Avalanche Observation 01/06/2017 - 13:00 Public
East face of Long Canyon Long Canyon Area Snowpack Observation 01/06/2017 - 11:00 crown of storm slab released on an East aspect at 11,500ft on Friday Forecaster
The Wind before the Storm Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 01/05/2017 - 11:21 Layer Cake Snowpack with Wind Slab on Top Drifting Snow on the road to Williams Lake TH Clean shear on Facets below a crust Forecaster
No Name / Lake Fork Area Snowpack Observation 01/03/2017 - 12:25 Spatial Variability Graupel layer within the WIndslab Forecaster
NE Face of Kachina Peak Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 01/02/2017 - 11:08 Pit Photo Wind Loading Forecaster
Long Canyon Long Canyon Area Snowpack Observation 12/31/2016 - 11:27 Surface Hoar Cornice Development from the last weeks strong West Winds Snowpit on NE Aspect 11,700' Forecaster
No Name Area Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 12/28/2016 - 11:19 Inverted skin track from a couple of days ago Vallecito with wind effect up top and natural avalanches from a couple of days ago bottom right Skinning on a firm hard packed ridgeline Forecaster
Kachina Peak / Lake Fork Area Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 12/27/2016 - 11:10 Avalanche Debris on an East Aspect Low Density Snow Below Treeline Rollers on a southerly aspect Sheep enjoying the scoured ridgelines Forecaster
Williams Lake Drainage Williams Lake Area Snowpack Observation 12/26/2016 - 11:14 Small Crown in the Rocks Forecaster
Kachina Basin (out of bounds) Snowpack Observation 12/24/2016 - 10:30 Forecaster
Tresckow Highline Ridge TSV Outside of the Forecast Area Snowpack Observation 12/23/2016 - 11:30 Crown Profile from Tresckow Highline Ridge Debris Running Through the Trees Professional Observer

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