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. PAC 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 A video on how to download and use this program is available here.

Location Region Observation Type Date and time of observation or avalanche occurrencesort ascending Avalanche observation video Avalanche photos Snowpit videos (tests, etc) Snowpack photos Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph Observation made by
Rapid Cr Boulder/Jughandle Area Avalanche Observation 01/15/2016 - 10:12 SE Crust East Aspect Pit: Protected from the wind Forecaster
Mores Cr Summit Mores Creek Summit Snowpack Observation 01/15/2016 - 00:01 Public
Full MoonBowl Tamarack Out of Bounds Avalanche Observation 01/14/2016 - 11:33 Public
Twin Lakes Goose Lake Area Snowpack Observation 01/14/2016 - 11:00 Forecaster
Diamond Ridge Warren Wagon Eastside/Crestline Area Snowpack Observation 01/13/2016 - 11:40 Forecaster
Beaverdam Peak Lick Creek Area Snowpack Observation 01/09/2016 - 11:45 Forecaster
Maloney Lake Basin Lick Creek Area Snowpack Observation 01/04/2016 - 13:00 Forecaster
Sawtooth Pk. Lick Creek Area Snowpack Observation 01/03/2016 - 12:55 CT19 @ 65 cm from snow surface. Black card indicates where failure occured Hardness profile from pit on Sawtooth Peak. 8080 feet on west facing slop. Purposefully dug in wind loaded high elevation terrain Wind has mad minature spines and ribs on west face of Sawtooth Peak Many solar recieving slopes now have a 2-4 cm suncrust Forecaster
Blue Moon Bowl Goose Lake Area Snowpack Observation 12/28/2015 - 14:44 Public
Sergeants/Brundage Mountain-East Side Brundage Out of Bounds Avalanche Observation 12/28/2015 - 12:00 Forecaster
North Fork Lake Fork Lick Creek Area Snowpack Observation 12/27/2015 - 14:00 Small wind slab on steep roll over Forecaster
HOLIDAY BOWL Secesh Summit Area Snowpack Observation 12/24/2015 - 13:00 Forecaster
Fisher Saddle, headwaters of Little French Creek Fisher Saddle Area Snowpack Observation 12/22/2015 - 14:20 Forecaster
East side of Sergeants Brundage Out of Bounds Snowpack Observation 12/20/2015 - 14:30 Forecaster
Lick Cr / South Corner Lick Creek Area Snowpack Observation 12/18/2015 - 13:00 Setting up the ECT in our Deep snowpack Forecaster


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