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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 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)
12/08/2015 - 11:30 Forecaster Observation - FAA Ridge, Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Southern (south of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Forecaster ,
12/07/2015 - 14:51 Public Observation: Jewel Basin Swan Range - West Side (Flathead Valley access) Snowpack Observation Public Graupel in Jewel Basin Snowpack Dec. 7th, 2015
12/07/2015 - 12:00 Public Observation: Skookoleel Ridge, southern Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Southern (south of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Public
12/02/2015 - 13:00 Forecaster Observation - Early Season Snowpack - Red Meadow area, northern Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Northern (north of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Forecaster File December 2, 2015 - Red Meadow, northern Whitefish Range
12/02/2015 - 09:00 North aspect Big Mountain Whitefish Range - Southern (south of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Professional Observer
11/21/2015 - 10:00 Great Northern Mountain Flathead Range/Glacier National Park - Middle Fork Corridor Snowpack Observation Forecaster


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