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.

Washoe County utilizes a "Three-Stage Warning System" to alert citizens and advise them on their response. The three-stage warning system will be used in alerts and messaging sent to citizens.

A Stage 1 Warning means conditions are ripe for an avalanche and people should limit outdoor activity in avalanche areas. 

A Stage 2 Warning means people should leave the area or be in a position to take immediate shelter.

A Stage 3 Warning means people should shelter in place and avoid windows and upslope facing walls.


The following is intended as 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 to create awareness of the current danger level but is not intended for use beyond backcountry avalanche forecasting. 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.

Citizens can register for reverse telephone notification, called Code Red, as well as other notifications concerning alerts.
To sign up, click on the “Regional Notification” link on the menu and follow the instructions.


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