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Snowpack, Weather, and Avalanche Observations

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. MSAC 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 descending
Gray Butte Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 12/03/2016 - 1:30pm Gray Butte area Board of Directors
Avalanche Gulch Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 12/05/2016 - 8:30am Avalanche Gulch, 50/50 Flat area, icy sheen on snow! Windy, firm conditions Lower Avalanche Gulch Board of Directors
Right Peak Castle Lake Avalanche Observation 03/04/2017 - 11:00am Board of Directors
Avy Gulch/Casaval Ridge/The Catwalk/Trinity Chutes Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 12/29/2016 - 11:30pm The Catwalk Trinity Chutes Riming Thumb Rock & Sargents Climbing Ranger
Middle Peak Castle Lake Snowpack Observation 02/07/2017 - 12:30pm Forecaster
Old Ski Bowl Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 04/07/2017 - 12:15pm Forecaster
Castle Lake Castle Lake Avalanche Observation 02/07/2017 - 5:00am Forecaster
Ash Creek Butte East Bowl East of Mt Shasta Snowpack Observation 12/05/2016 - 1:30pm A view of the east side of Mt Shasta on 12/5/16 Our new Ash Creek Butte weather station! Forecaster
Green Butte, Powder Bowl, Lower Sun Bowl Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 12/25/2016 - 12:30am Forecaster
Lower Cascade Gulch Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 01/22/2017 - 4:00pm Forecaster
Eddies - Parks Creek Area Mt Eddy Snowpack Observation 02/05/2017 - 2:15pm Forecaster
Green Butte, Sun Bowl Mt. Shasta Avalanche Observation 12/17/2016 - 4:00pm Forecaster
Grey Butte Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 12/24/2016 - 1:00pm Forecaster
Green Butte Mt. Shasta Avalanche Observation 11/22/2016 - 11:00am Forecaster
Old Ski Bowl Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 12/11/2016 - 3:00pm Strong NW winds continue to transport snow Forecaster