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 Regionsort descending 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
Roof Avalanches in the Valley BWRA Snowpack Observation 01/28/2021 - 15:00 Avalanche Specialist
Between Leavitt & Ski Lake BWRA Avalanche Observation 03/03/2018 - 16:29 Avalanche Specialist
Leavitt Lake BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/04/2021 - 13:30 Professional Observer
BWRA BWRA Snowpack Observation 03/15/2018 - 14:00 12'' of fresh low visibility Professional Observer
108 Lap BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/16/2019 - 12:27 Avalanche Specialist
Just north of middle Leavitt Lake Road BWRA Snowpack Observation 03/04/2017 - 12:00 Avalanche Specialist
BWRA - McKay Creek and Voodoo Bowl BWRA Snowpack Observation 03/23/2021 - 14:00 Avalanche Specialist
Sardine Falls- Rip It Bowl BWRA Avalanche Observation 05/27/2019 - 07:14 Avalanche Specialist
BWRA/ Leavitt Lake BWRA Snowpack Observation 03/03/2022 - 16:00 Shaded aspects ATL still hold dry snow. 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
Sardine Meadow BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/12/2021 - 14:00 Professional Observer
Skier Triggered Wind Slab @ Sonora Pass BWRA Avalanche Observation 03/25/2018 - 13:00 Professional Observer
Leavitt Junction BWRA Snowpack Observation 02/25/2019 - 13:00 Wind Affected Surface at Leavitt Junction Professional Observer
Cornices are Tender BWRA Snowpack Observation 03/17/2017 - 14:25 Cornice Drip Cornice Collapse Cornice Fail Terrain Professional Observer
Black Mountain BWRA Snowpack Observation 01/12/2019 - 13:42 From Big Valley Lake Avalanche Specialist


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