2 May 2016

May 2, 2016

    Sunrise this am was at 05:45 Hrs, sunset at 20:32 hrs, May 2, 2016.

    Sunday May 1, 2016--Another awesome day on Blackcomb Mountain.

    Black Tusk with some recent cornice collapse.

    A different view of Mount Fee.

    Rumbling Glacier Sunday morning.

    Mount Garibaldi.

    Glide Cracks on Overlord Glacier. A paper on Glide slab Avalanches: Montana

Weather Observations for May 2, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      +3, Winds were  20-30 KPH SSE --Horstman Hut
1860 meters      +6, Winds were  10-15 KPH SE    --Rendevous
1550 meters      +7, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 177 cm Base, RH 50%  --Catskinner
  660 meters      +4, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +25.9. 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

   As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have clear skies and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, high pressure aloft will bring more dry and warm weather for today. The FL will hover in the 3000 meter level.  Tuesday will see a shift with Southerly flow aloft with a chance of isolated showers and cooler temperatures. Wednesday will also be moist and slightly unstable in a Southerly flow aloft.  A split flow for Thursday with unsettled weather. The ridge will build again for Friday into next weekend.

    One more day of warm dry weather for today. Ridge will begin to migrate East.

    Should see some cloud in the area by tonight.

    Weather for Tuesday-Wednesday. Moist Southerly flow aloft.


Small? Avalanche footage: Lautrbrunnen, Switzerland

Snowboard ban remains: Alta, Utah

April 25-May 1, 2016--Backcountry News: A Mountain Journey

Remains of Alex Lowe and David Bridges found after 16 years when they were buried in an avalanche: Tibet

Climate change, Extreme weather linked to high pressure over Greenland: Science Daily

    Sunday morning 07:45 Hours

    Sunday afternoon.

    Wedge looking like it would in June.

    Corn snow was great Sunday.

    More glide cracks.

    Jump gathered a crowd Sunday afternoon.

    Big air with some awesome tricks.

1 May 2016

May 1, 2016

    An avalanche in Italy has killed a mountaineer, story in article section.                                Net Pic

    Sunrise, 05:47-- May 1, 2016.

    Firm on even the mid mountain runs at 10:00 Hours, but softened quickly. Saturday April 30, 2016

    Some cloud Saturday morning.

   Nice to have GE running.

    Saturday Morning.

    Still a good snow pack in the alpine.

    Dusting Saturday morning in the alpine.

    Fresh turns on Horstman Glacier.

    Blue bird by Saturday afternoon.

Weather Observations for May 1, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      +3, Winds were  10-20 KPH NE   --Horstman Hut
1860 meters      +4, Winds were      0-5 KPH SE --Rendevous
1550 meters      +4, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 180 cm Base, RH 59%  --Catskinner
  660 meters      +3, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +19.8. 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

Should be soft from the get go today with the warm alpine temperatures.

    As of 07:00 Hrs we have high scattered cloud and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, the upper level ridge will prevail over the area into Monday with warm temperatures due to the low level offshore flow. On Monday night the flow will switch back to onshore with a low pressure system bringing some cloud and moist air back into our zone. Tuesday will see an upper trough push into the area with an increase in clouds and the possibility of some showers. The trough will bring overcast conditions to the area on Wednesday into Thursday. The ridge will likely rebuild by Friday. The FL will remain in the 3200+ range into Tuesday, by Wednesday we should see it drop to around 2500 meters.

    High strengthens for today.

    Should be a very warm day.

    High again for Monday

    Flow for Sunday into Wednesday.


An avalanche has killed a climber near Punta Livi: Italy

Currie to Wedge Traverse: ACMG Conditions Report

Family, Friends making photo book honouring avalanche victim: Montana

5 Kickstarter projects to invest your snow dollars in, or not: SnowsBest

In the Avalanche Patch-Book Review: Powder Canada

    Image from 07:45 Saturday morning, unsettled in Whistler.

    Another awesome day in the mountains.

    Melt freeze on the cornice nose.

    Looking nice in the valley!!

    Looking towards Whistler Mountain. Tower 4 and 1 of the Peak to Peak.

    Oh Oh licking the wrapper. Garbage does no belong in the outdoors. Base 2.

30 Apr 2016

April 30, 2016

    An avalanche has killed a Belgian Skier in Switzerland, story in article section.    Kapo VS Photo

    Mostly cloudy in the morning with some nice breaks over Blackcomb.

    Some people parked at Base 2 and walked to the Solar.

    Mogul training under Solar.                                                                                Kary Firstbrook Pic

    There were some showers in the area Friday.

    Convective cloud development Friday.                                                             Kary Firstbrook Pic

    Downloading Solar.

   Very cloudy in the mountains in the afternoon. Unsettled on Blackcomb for most of the day.

    Just before evening the clouds began to dissipate.

Weather Observations for April 30, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      -3, Winds were  15-25 KPH SE   --Horstman Hut
1860 meters       0, Winds were  15-20 KPH NNE --Rendevous
1550 meters       0, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 181 cm Base, RH 90%  --Catskinner
  660 meters     +2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +15.5. 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, a strong upper ridge will bring dry warm weather to the area for the weekend into Monday. A low level Northerly flow for today with the FL hovering around 3000 meters by the afternoon. There are some high clouds and valley cloud moving in from the North,  which should dissipate by this afternoon. The ridge strengthens for Sunday with warmer temperatures and a FL in excess of 3500 meters. Monday will also be hot and Sunny. There is a good chance of an upper trough moving into the area for Tuesday/Wednesday with a moist Southerly flow. Be sure to use sunscreen.

    Ridge builds for Saturday.

    Strong upper level ridging.

    Strong ridge of high pressure.

    Thermal trough for Sunday into Monday with warm temperatures.

    High for Monday, trough moves onshore for Tuesday.

    A change on Tuesday into Wednesday.


Belgian Skier killed in avalanche on Sattlehorn in Valais: Switzerland

Fears that unauthorised helicopter flights may cause avalanches: Everest

41 Soldiers have died, some in avalanches on the Siachen Glacier since 2013: India

    08:45 Friday morning.

    Friday afternoon.

     Friday afternoon.

    Might see some of that moisture by Tuesday.

    Blackcomb Bowl Friday morning.

    Mount Currie Friday afternoon.

    Bears are out and about at the Chateau Course.                                                Kary Firstbrook Pic

    Hail yesterday later in the afternoon.                                                                   Kary Firstbrook Pic

    Green Lake.