Avalanche Information

Washoe County focuses on two avalanche prone areas: Crystal Bay and Third Creek. Both areas are in the northern Tahoe basin. As information becomes available it will be posted below. The following is a slope-specific avalanche danger forecast for the avalanche terrain above Lakeview Ave, Tuscarora Rd, and Teresa Ct in Crystal Bay, Nevada; and the terrain above upper Jennifer St, Sutro, Bidwell, Lunar, and Mercury Courts in the Third Creek drainage (below Rose Knob Peak and environs) in Incline Village, Nevada. This danger forecast is intended for use by residents and motorists and may differ considerably from the general backcountry avalanche forecast. This forecast is not intended as a resource or risk management tool for backcountry travelers. Backcountry travelers are strongly advised to refrain from any activity on or around these slopes. Activity on these slopes could subject residents, motorists, and infrastructure below to serious danger.

Avalanche information for Lake Tahoe backcountry travelers can be found at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org.


Issued: January 29, 2021 at 1430

Crystal Bay
At least two areas of structural weakness have been identified in the new snow profile above Crystal Bay. The forecasted mild temperatures will help strengthen these in next 24-48 hours. Height of snowpack across the terrain is anywhere from 65 to 105 cm (26 to 41 inches), enough to bury the majority of the slope anchors. No avalanches were observed, though roller balls on the snow surface were numerous, indicative of a warming snow surface.

Third Creek
Avalanche danger is forecast to be CONSIDERABLE in the upper and mid-track watershed; avalanche size and speed can be significant. The bottom of many of these avalanche paths terminate in steep-sided and confining terrain that concentrates the forces of flowing snow. The remnants of at least two relatively small avalanches were observed, most likely occurring sometime yesterday. This is dangerous avalanche terrain that presents substantial risk.

Residents and motorists are advised to refrain from all outdoor activities in these areas. Residents who remain in the neighborhoods may risk exposure to avalanche.

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