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 descending Avalanche observation video Avalanche photos Snowpit videos (tests, etc) Snowpack photos Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph Observation made by
Wildwood Bowl Tamarack Out of Bounds Avalanche Observation 03/08/2016 - 12:00 Public
Grassy Twins Lake(lower) Hazard Lake Area Avalanche Observation 03/16/2016 - 10:59 Public
Council Mountain Council Mountain Area Avalanche Observation 03/25/2016 - 11:00 Public
Above Fool Hen Meadows Lick Creek Area Avalanche Observation 03/25/2016 - 15:30 Professional Observer
North side big creek summit Big Creek Summit Avalanche Observation 04/10/2016 - 13:20 Public
North and south aspects of Storm pk Secesh Summit Area Snowpack Observation 11/22/2016 - 14:10 Public
Brian Peters Fisher Saddle Area Snowpack Observation 12/03/2016 - 14:26 Public
Above Summit Lake Secesh Summit Area Snowpack Observation 12/20/2016 - 14:00 Forecaster
Squaw Point Secesh Summit Area Snowpack Observation 12/22/2016 - 11:55 Forecaster
North and South Tamarack Backcountry Tamarack Out of Bounds Snowpack Observation 12/23/2016 - 13:00 Forecaster
East Side of Jughandle Mountain Boulder/Jughandle Area Snowpack Observation 12/31/2016 - 11:57 Public
Missouri Ridge Other Snowpack Observation 12/31/2016 - 12:17 Public
Profile summit Other Snowpack Observation 01/01/2017 - 12:00 Public
Northeast facing Wildwood-wind protected Tamarack Out of Bounds Snowpack Observation 01/02/2017 - 14:00 Forecaster
West face sawtooth pk Lick Creek Area Avalanche Observation 01/07/2017 - 14:04 Public


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