Schweitzer ski patrol is encouraging and offering weekly free "Transceiver Sundays" (clock tower at 10:00 a.m.) to all interested public with two permanent practice areas and one more difficult challenge that is on a less regular basis. All they ask is that the public covers up their tracks and if practicing digging techniques, please replace your divot. This is a great way to keep on your A game for those venturing out of bounds.
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 http://www.snowpilot.org/. A video on how to download and use this program is available here.
|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 by|
|near top of stella||Selkirk Mountains||Snowpack Observation||01/02/2018 - 10:00||Public|
|5600’ elevation on a NNW facing slope||Selkirk Mountains||Snowpack Observation||12/31/2017 - 11:00||Public|
|5800’ elevation NW slope outside Schweitzer ski area boundary.||Selkirk Mountains||Snowpack Observation||12/27/2017 - 10:15||Public|
|West willow ridge||Silver Valley Area||Snowpack Observation||12/21/2017 - 11:14||Forecaster|
|Right side of Have Fun, third road cut||Selkirk Mountains||Avalanche Observation||12/21/2017 - 09:00||Public|
|49 degrees north ski area||Selkirk Mountains||Snowpack Observation||12/20/2017 - 07:30||Public|
|Schweitzer resort, lower abracadabra.||Avalanche Observation||12/19/2017 - 10:30||Public|
|Lakeside||Selkirk Mountains||Snowpack Observation||12/13/2017 - 13:20||Public|
|Upper Headwall||Selkirk Mountains||Snowpack Observation||12/07/2017 - 10:35||Public|
|upper headwall||Selkirk Mountains||Snowpack Observation||04/07/2017 - 10:15||Public|
|Latour Baldy Peak||Silver Valley Area||Avalanche Observation||03/31/2017 - 14:00||Public|
|W face Stiles saddle at Schweitzer Ski Area||Selkirk Mountains||Snowpack Observation||03/09/2017 - 10:30||Public|
|upper siberia||Selkirk Mountains||Snowpack Observation||03/06/2017 - 10:25||Public|