This snowpack summary applies only to backcountry areas in the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area

This snowpack summary applies only to backcountry areas in the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area. Click here for a map of the area. This snowpack summary describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This snowpack summary expires in 48 hours unless otherwise noted. The information in this snowpack summary is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.

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Recent US Avalanche Fatalities

We mentioned this in our previous Snowpack Summary, but it is worth mentioning again. Last week, 15 fatalities occurred nationwide from avalanches. That is the most fatalities in a single week since 1910 when the Wellington avalanche disaster in Washington killed 96 people. This news is heartbreaking to all of us and the impacts are being felt throughout the backcountry community. We send our condolences to the friends and families impacted by these tragic events. 

It is worth remembering that each individual was seeking a fun day in the backcountry just as you or I have. Each individual had a family, friends, and ski partners that now feel a void. You may feel the urge to dismiss these tragedies as something that won’t happen to you. Instead, we urge you to read the accident reports and learn from these incidents. We all make mistakes and can try our best to learn to prevent them. Dangerous avalanche conditions are present across the US and whether you’re recreating around Bridgeport or elsewhere, remember returning home is always the number 1 priority.

Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area is Open to Snowmobiles!

Bridgeport, California, Jan. 29, 2021 – The Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA) on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's Bridgeport Ranger District is now open for snowmobiling.


Due to the recent storm avalanche conditions are very dangerous. Much of the BWRA is avalanche terrain that can pose hazards to winter reactionists. It is advised that visitors educate themselves on safe riding practices and hazard mitigation. For the most up to date conditions and snowpack summary visit the Bridgeport Avalanche Center’s website at:

Before you leave the trailhead, have a riding plan and visit Know Before You Go at for further information about safe snowmobiling practices. For further avalanche safety information, sign up for our free avalanche awareness class Feb 5th and 6th. Further class information can be found on our website at

Permits are required for each person/snowmobile entering the BWRA. They are free and can be obtained online at Self-issued permits are also available at the People’s Gate kiosk. 

Snowmobiles must be registered with visible stickers. Motorized use in wilderness areas is strictly prohibited.


For up to date information about the BWRA, follow the Bridgeport Avalanche Center on social media on Instagram, or Facebook

Patchy Snow in the BWRA

USFS personnel posted photos of the thin snowpack at the Leavitt Lake turnoff and by Sardine Canyon. The snowpack depth at Leavitt Lake is the third lowest snowpack depth since 1990. The BWRA remains closed.