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. IPAC 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. Please send us your observations using the buttons below.

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
Glidden Ridge Area Silver Valley Area Snowpack Observation 12/28/2020 - 14:00 Public
West Willow- SE Aspect (Heading 122) St. Regis Basin Snowpack Observation 12/29/2020 - 09:52 Public
West Bowl of Steven's Peak- East Aspect (Heading 83) St. Regis Basin Snowpack Observation 12/29/2020 - 11:31 Public
Lower Terrible Edith - Silver Mountain Resort Silver Valley Area Snowpack Observation 12/31/2020 - 10:30 Program Manager
West Willow Silver Valley Area Snowpack Observation 12/31/2020 - 11:30 Forecaster
West Willow Silver Valley Area Snowpack Observation 12/31/2020 - 15:00 Public
Behind Schweitzer Triple, West Aspect Selkirk Mountains Snowpack Observation 12/31/2020 - 15:10 Public
Glidden Ridge Silver Valley Area Snowpack Observation 01/01/2021 - 11:00 Public
billy bowl lost creek area Selkirk Mountains Avalanche Observation 01/01/2021 - 14:00 Public
Kellogg Peak Silver Valley Area Snowpack Observation 01/02/2021 - 12:00 Public
Blue Mountain Selkirk Mountains Avalanche Observation 01/03/2021 - 10:00 Forecaster
Cooks Lake, North aspect Selkirk Mountains Snowpack Observation 01/03/2021 - 14:10 Natural slab avalanches, D1.5-R3. Guessing a couple days old but difficult to tell date and amount of new snow fallen since avalanche occurrence. Public
Willow Peak St. Regis Basin Snowpack Observation 01/03/2021 - 15:00 Public
Pt. 6138, SE of Blue Mtn. Selkirk Mountains Snowpack Observation 01/06/2021 - 14:20 Public
FAA towers Silver Valley Area Snowpack Observation 01/07/2021 - 10:30 Forecaster


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