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 Typesort descending 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
Koenig and Latopie Lakes BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/15/2017 - 14:00 Avalanche Specialist
Sardine Meadow/Hwy 108 BWRA Snowpack Observation 12/28/2017 - 15:00 Professional Observer
Sardine can wall BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/03/2021 - 11:30 Public
Leavitt Lake BWRA Snowpack Observation 03/19/2021 - 13:00 Professional Observer
Sardine Gully BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/22/2017 - 14:00 Avalanche Specialist
BWRA BWRA Snowpack Observation 03/15/2018 - 14:00 12'' of fresh low visibility Professional Observer
Dunderberg East Shoulder Other Area Snowpack Observation 01/09/2019 - 15:00 Public
Sonora Snotel BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/23/2019 - 15:03 PST Public
Sardine can wall BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/12/2021 - 11:30 Avalanche Specialist
Virginia Lakes - Moat Lake Other Area Snowpack Observation 03/30/2021 - 12:00 Avalanche Specialist
Sonora Pass BWRA Snowpack Observation 01/13/2022 - 18:58 Avalanche Specialist
BWRA BWRA Snowpack Observation 01/07/2017 - 13:02 Cornice broke tail end of last storm naturally. Elastic Deformation Cornice breaks with a mans weight at 12/15 faceted old snow interface Cornice failure propagates around rock Professional Observer
Just north of middle Leavitt Lake Road BWRA Snowpack Observation 03/04/2017 - 12:00 Avalanche Specialist
NTL Mt Emma Other Area Snowpack Observation 01/14/2018 - 12:00 Professional Observer
Black Mountain BWRA Snowpack Observation 01/12/2019 - 13:42 From Big Valley Lake Avalanche Specialist


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