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 occurrence Avalanche observation video Avalanche photos Snowpit videos (tests, etc) Snowpack photos Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph Observation made bysort ascending
Above Park cr. Drainage Snowpack Observation 12/10/2020 - 10:15 Public
On the ridge SE backside of the 1st lake Selkirk Mountains Avalanche Observation 02/07/2021 - 12:36 Public
Lookout Training Grounds St. Regis Basin Snowpack Observation 02/19/2022 - 12:00 Public
hourglass near frost Silver Valley Area Avalanche Observation 02/06/2021 - 11:00 Public
Granite creek Cabinet Mountains Avalanche Observation 03/01/2022 - 12:20 Public
upper headwall Selkirk Mountains Snowpack Observation 01/30/2018 - 11:45 Public
Glidden Ridge Silver Valley Area Avalanche Observation 01/31/2021 - 13:00 Public
SE Face of Round Top Cabinet Mountains Snowpack Observation 12/17/2018 - 14:00 Public
Snow Cr., Cooks Ridge, South aspect Selkirk Mountains Snowpack Observation 01/10/2021 - 14:45 Public
Snowstorm Peak Silver Valley Area Avalanche Observation 03/13/2021 - 13:14 Public
KP Snow Study Area Silver Valley Area Snowpack Observation 03/18/2019 - 11:15 Public
Blue Snowpack Observation 02/02/2021 - 10:30 Rain Crust 5271' WNW aspect CTV 6620' E aspect Public
Blue Mt Selkirk Mountains Snowpack Observation 12/28/2021 - 10:00 Public
West Slope West Willow Peak Silver Valley Area Snowpack Observation 02/05/2021 - 14:00 Public
Glidden Ridge Silver Valley Area Snowpack Observation 02/01/2022 - 13:00 Grauple located on top of the pack and continued to accumulate for a majority of the day. Public


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