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. BAC 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 snowpit 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 two apps - SnowPilot and AvyLab - to create the snowpit graphs. These apps are available as downloads: click here for the free SnowPilot download; for AvyLab, visit Apple's AppStore or the AvyLab website

Location Region Observation Type Date and time of observation or avalanche occurrencesort descending Avalanche observation video Avalanche photos Snowpit videos (tests, etc) Snowpack photos Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph Observation made by
PCT Crossing BWRA Snowpack Observation 01/27/2017 - 12:00 Avalanche Specialist
Forrest Schmidt BWRA Avalanche Observation 02/02/2017 - 12:25 Public
Backside of MWTC BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/02/2017 - 14:30 Avalanche Specialist
Wind Slab Avalanche Above Leavitt Lake Road BWRA Avalanche Observation 02/03/2017 - 19:00 Avalanche Specialist
People's Gate BWRA Avalanche Observation 02/06/2017 - 02:11 Professional Observer
Observations and snow profile from Voodoo Bowl BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/08/2017 - 12:00 Avalanche Specialist
Avalanches near Sardine Meadows - Hwy 108 BWRA Avalanche Observation 02/10/2017 - 00:00 Avalanche Specialist
New Snow on Hwy 108 BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/10/2017 - 13:45 Avalanche Specialist
Above Leavitt Lake BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/14/2017 - 11:45 Avalanche Specialist
Voodoo Bowl BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/14/2017 - 13:45 Avalanche Specialist
Koenig and Latopie Lakes BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/15/2017 - 14:00 Avalanche Specialist
Sonora Pass BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/17/2017 - 12:00 Avalanche Specialist
Leavitt Creek BWRA Avalanche Observation 02/20/2017 - 14:05 Leavitt Creek Wet Stormslab Professional Observer
Leavitt Creek BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/20/2017 - 14:40 Pit @ Leavitt Creek Pit @ Leavitt Creek- close Professional Observer
Trees 1/4th mile NE of Leavitt Lake BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/20/2017 - 15:30 Public


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