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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)
02/20/2017 - 12:25 Professional Observation - BNSF Avalanche Safety, John F. Stevens Canyon, Glacier Park Flathead Range/Glacier National Park - John F. Stevens Canyon Snowpack Observation Professional Observer light to moderate snowfall in JFS Canyon
02/20/2017 - 11:37 Public Observation - Mt Barnaby, Northern Whitefish Range Outside of the Advisory Area Snowpack Observation Public
02/19/2017 - 12:30 Professional Observation - Rescue Creek, Flathead Range Flathead Range/Glacier National Park - Middle Fork Corridor Snowpack Observation Public Loose Wet Avalanche Debris in Rescue Creek 2/19/2016
02/18/2017 - 13:30 Public Observation - Wounded Buck, Swan Range Swan Range - West Side (Flathead Valley access) Avalanche Observation Public
02/18/2017 - 12:00 Forecaster Observation - Rescue Creek, Flathead Range Flathead Range/Glacier National Park - Middle Fork Corridor Avalanche Observation Forecaster
02/17/2017 - 14:00 Public Observation - Skookoleel Ridge, Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Southern (south of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Public
02/17/2017 - 12:00 Forecaster Observation - Skookoleel Ridge, Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Southern (south of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Forecaster ,
02/17/2017 - 06:00 Forecaster Observation -Belton Canyon, Flathead Range Flathead Range/Glacier National Park - Middle Fork Corridor Avalanche Observation Forecaster
02/17/2017 - 01:00 Public Observation - Canyon Creek, Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Southern (south of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Public
02/16/2017 - 14:30 Forecaster Observation - Kona-Top of World, Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Southern (south of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Forecaster Soggy day in NW MontanaTheodolite shot -  below snowpit on SE aspect
02/15/2017 - 13:00 Forecaster Observation-near Chain Lakes-Northern Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Northern (north of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Forecaster crown of natural avalanche observed
02/15/2017 - 10:30 Forecaster Observation-Demers Ridge, Whitefish Range-Southern Whitefish Range - Southern (south of Coal Creek) Avalanche Observation Forecaster
02/15/2017 - 10:30 Public Observation-Werner Peak, Whitefish Range Whitefish Range - Southern (south of Coal Creek) Snowpack Observation Public
02/14/2017 - 12:30 Forecaster Observation-Crown Bowl, Swan Range Swan Range - West Side (Flathead Valley access) Snowpack Observation Forecaster Avalanche activity in Crown BowlAvalanche activity in Crown BowlAvalanche Activity on the East Aspect of Aeneas RidgeAvalanche in Crown Bowl from Feb 3-10 natural cycle,
02/13/2017 - 16:00 Public Observation - Jewel Basin, Swan Range Swan Range - West Side (Flathead Valley access) Avalanche Observation Public

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