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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. The Flathead Avalanche Center (FAC) 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.

Date and time of observation or avalanche occurrence Location Region Observation Type Observation made by Avalanche observation video Avalanche Photos Snowpack photos Snowpit videos (tests, etc)
03/20/2017 - 13:00 Forecaster Observation - Red Meadow, northern Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Northern (north of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Forecaster
03/19/2017 - 16:00 Public Observation -Big Slide/Third Creek, southern Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Southern (south of Coal Creek) Avalanche Observation Public
03/19/2017 - 13:41 Public Observation - Elk Mountain, southern Glacier Park Glacier National Park - Southern Lewis Range Snowpack Observation Public the skier is not standing on a cornice
03/19/2017 - 13:00 Professional Observation - Skookaleel Ridge, Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Southern (south of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Public
03/17/2017 - 11:51 Professional Observation - Hellroaring Cr., Mission Range Outside of the Advisory Area Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
03/16/2017 - 12:00 Forecaster Observation - Tunnel Ridge, Flathead Range Flathead Range/Glacier National Park - Middle Fork Corridor Snowpack Observation Forecaster
03/15/2017 - 12:00 Forecaster Observation - Cascadilla Creek, Flathead Range Flathead Range - Bob Marshall Wilderness Avalanche Observation Forecaster
03/15/2017 - 12:00 Forecaster Observation - Rescue Creek, Flathead Range Flathead Range - Bob Marshall Wilderness Avalanche Observation Forecaster
03/15/2017 - 12:00 Professional Observation - John F.Stevens Canyon Flathead Range/Glacier National Park - John F. Stevens Canyon Avalanche Observation Professional Observer
03/15/2017 - 11:00 Professional Observation - John F.Stevens Canyon Flathead Range/Glacier National Park - John F. Stevens Canyon Avalanche Observation Professional Observer
03/14/2017 - 12:00 Forecaster Observation- Ghoulie Point, Southern Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Southern (south of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Forecaster Saturated surface snow and rollerball activityPinwheel activity
03/13/2017 - 13:33 Professional Observation - Sixmile Peak - Swan Range Swan Range - South (south of Swan Lake) Snowpack Observation Professional Observer New Storm Rolling into the Swans File Plague of the Feb. 10th Crust - Swan Range
03/13/2017 - 12:00 Professional Observation - BNSF Avalanche Safety, John F. Stevens Canyon, Glacier Park Flathead Range/Glacier National Park - John F. Stevens Canyon Snowpack Observation Public
03/12/2017 - 14:00 Public Observation - Peak 6996, southern Glacier Park Glacier National Park - Southern Lewis Range Snowpack Observation Public
03/12/2017 - 12:00 Public Observation - Stryker area, Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Northern (north of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Public

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