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 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
Latour Baldy Peak Silver Valley Area Avalanche Observation 03/31/2017 - 14:00 Public
West slope off lakeview tripple Selkirk Mountains Avalanche Observation 02/18/2018 - 14:25 Public
R1 Selkirk Mountains Avalanche Observation 01/24/2018 - 09:50 Public
West Willow Peak above Lone Lake St. Regis Basin Avalanche Observation 01/26/2020 - 12:30 Public
Trestle Ridge Cabinet Mountains Avalanche Observation 02/18/2020 - 12:30 Public
Afton Wyoming Avalanche Observation 01/31/2019 - 15:11 Public
Lakeside Selkirk Mountains Avalanche Observation 01/25/2018 - 07:50 Public
Lakeside/ Couloir Selkirk Mountains Avalanche Observation 12/14/2018 - 13:30 Public
Lakeside chutes near the bottom. Just skiers right of Bertha. Selkirk Mountains Avalanche Observation 03/07/2019 - 10:00 Public
Above Keeler-Rattle warming hut Kootenai Area Avalanche Observation 01/24/2019 - 10:30 Forecaster
Taft Avalanche Silver Valley Area Avalanche Observation 02/24/2020 - 23:00 Forecaster
Right side of Have Fun, third road cut Selkirk Mountains Avalanche Observation 12/21/2017 - 09:00 Public
South side of Westside cabin drainage Selkirk Mountains Avalanche Observation 02/16/2019 - 14:00 Public
Schweitzer resort, lower abracadabra. Avalanche Observation 12/19/2017 - 10:30 Public
Close to Sundance Selkirk Mountains Avalanche Observation 03/09/2018 - 10:05 Public


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