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 http://www.snowpilot.org/. 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
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
Gray Butte Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 12/03/2016 - 1:30pm Gray Butte area 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
Avalanche Gulch Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 02/11/2017 - 1:00pm Forecaster
East Powder Bowl area Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 12/15/2016 - 2:00pm Not the best lighting, but crown line of recent wind slabavalanche visible along ridgeline Forecaster
Human triggered storm slab on Gray Butte Mt. Shasta Avalanche Observation 02/18/2017 - 1:20pm Forecaster
Gerald's Bowl Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 01/09/2017 - 12:00pm Forecaster
Grey Butte Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 02/06/2017 - 11:30am Forecaster
Casaval Ridge, Avalanche Gulch Mt. Shasta Avalanche Observation 12/17/2016 - 6:00am Large Natural Avalanche, Casaval Ridge into Avalanche Gulch Forecaster
Avalanche in Old Ski Bowl Mt. Shasta Avalanche Observation 03/25/2017 - 12:30pm Forecaster
Old Ski Bowl - Near Treeline Snowpack Observation 01/18/2017 - 1:30pm 1-18-27:  Mt Shasta - near treeline Forecaster
Gray Butte Mt. Shasta Snowpack Observation 02/23/2017 - 1:00pm A view up the mountain from 9k feet in the Old Ski Bowl. This photo was not from the pit location. A small point release on Red Butte Observation wall from pit Forecaster
Grey Butte Mt. Shasta Avalanche Observation 01/23/2017 - 2:00am Forecaster
Redbanks Mt. Shasta Avalanche Observation 12/10/2016 - 12:05pm Forecaster

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