20 Apr 2014

April 20, 2014


    Everest Avalanche underscores risks borne by Sherpa Guides, article in Read More, below.

    Snowing to the valley yesterday morning.

    Snow stopped for a few hours mid day, April 19, 2014.

    Clouds moved back in around 13:00 hrs.

    Flurries in the afternoon.

    Five Alarm Funk in the Plazza.


    Green Lake around 17:00 hrs yesterday afternoon.




Weather observations for April 20, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2240 meters      -7, Winds were 30-35 KPH from the S
2180 meters      -7, Winds were 30-40 KPH from the S
1860 meters      -7, Winds were 15-30 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters      -6, Winds were 20-25 KPH from the S
1650 meters      -3, 3 cm of new snow, 6 cm in 24 hours, Base 245 cm
1550 meters      -2, 3 cm of new snow, 7 cm in 24 hours,  Base 195 cm
  660 meters     +3, Valley Temperature, 3.6 mm of precipitation yesterday, Max Temp Yest +7



For the forecast, high pressure is establishing itself with a front stalled off the coast. Expect mostly cloudy skies with some breaks and the possibility of snow showers. The stalled front will move into our zone on Monday into Tuesday. Some models are going with a dirty ridge for Wednesday, while others are calling for a wet cold front to move in. Thursday does look cloudy and moist at this time. Guesstimates; 3-5 cm by Monday morning, 5-8 cm by Tuesday morning, 3-5 cm by Wednesday morning, 8-10 cm by Friday morning.

                           As of 07:00 hrs we have mostly cloudy skies with unlimited visibility.

Some size 1 activity in the area yesterday, mostly soft slabs, some loose up to 20 cm in lee terrain, One natural cornice release and a size 2.5 controlled cornice drop in Blackcomb Bowl. Beware of debris.


    Unsettled conditions for today.


19 Apr 2014

April 19, 2014

    Avalanche on Mount Everest has killed at least 15 people, story and video in the article section.

Avalanche on Fissile, Banana Chute the skier's left wall north facing, trigger after a ski cut no one caught it was around 2 pm yesterday. 18 April, 2014 Observed as a size 2 Sc from Blackcomb Patrol.  Vincent Photo.

    Great looking morning, April 18, 2014.



    Snow line yesterday morning was just above 1000 meters.

    Avalanche control on Whistler yesterday morning produced many results in Flute Bowl.

    Skier in yesterdays qualifier for Slope Style.




Weather observations for April 19, 2014, taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2240 meters      -7, Winds were 35-55 KPH from the S
2180 meters      -6, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the S
1860 meters      -4, Winds were 15-25 KPH from the S
1835 meters      -3, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the ESE
1650 meters      -2, No new snow, Base 242 cm
1550 meters      -2, No new snow, Base 191 cm
  660 meters     +2, Valley Temperature, 1.6 mm of precip yesterday, +10.2 max temp yest.



For the forecast, a Southwesterly flow with an associated  cold front is expected to pass through our area today into this evening. We will see light snowfall for the day light hours, ramping up to moderate snowfall for this evening. Cloud deck is already spreading into the corridor.  Sunday looks mostly cloudy, with the chance of some flurries, as weak upper ridge builds bringing unsettled conditions. A warmer frontal system moves in for Monday with elevated freezing  levels (1900 meters) and light precipitation. Tuesday is also cloudy with light precipitation and freezing levels fluctuating from 1600 meters to 1000 meters as a cool upper level trough pushes through. Guesstimates 8-10 cm by Sunday morning, possible flurries for Sunday, rain on Monday changing to snow very early on Tuesday morning, 3-5 cm on Wednesday morning.





   As of 07:00 hrs we have obscured skies, limited visibility and it is snowing .

   Several Sa and Sc yesterday outside the ski area up to Size 2.


   Warm and wet for Monday.


18 Apr 2014

April 18, 2014



    Snow in the trees at 1200 meters yesterday morning, April 17, 2014.

    Melt freeze from Wednesday night. By 15:00 hrs yesterday Temp at 2240 meters was 0.

    Snow was blowing around Thursday morning, Sc produced size 1 ssl in the upper elevations.

    In the afternoon warm air aloft created pinwheeling and in places moist slabs up to size 1.5.

    A small break yesterday afternoon.


Weather observations for Friday, April 18, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2240 meters      -8, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the SSW
2180 meters      -7, Winds were 35-50 KPH from the S
1860 meters      -7, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the S
1835 meters      -7, Winds were 20-45 KPH from the S
1650 meters      -4, 6 cm of new snow, 6 cm in 24 hrs, Base 243 cm
1550 meters      -3, 8 cm of new snow, 8 cm in 24 hrs, Base 196 cm
  660 meters     +2, Valley Temperature, 7.5 mm of precipitation measured yesterday



For the forecast, the weak high pressure aloft will try to establish itself for today,  gradually we will see more sunny breaks, but there will be some clouds, for an unsettled day. A cold front will reach the coast Saturday morning and move inland, cloudy skies with light snow ramping up to moderate snowfall for Saturday evening. Sunday is looking mostly dry as another weak cold front moves through our zone. The upper level low over the NE Pacific will slowly shift inland on Monday bringing light snowfall in the upper elevations. After Monday the weather remains cool and unstable for more light precipitation. Possible for some weak ridging on Wednesday. Freezing levels will remain around 1300 meters this afternoon. No real change in the freezing levels until Monday when they will begin to rise to around 1800 meters. Guesstimates: trace to 2 cm by Saturday morning, 10-12 cm by Sunday morning, 7-9 cm by Tuesday morning.


                                As of 07:00 hrs we have overcast skies and variable visibility.




    Fairly thick clouds in our zone yesterday morning.

17 Apr 2014

April 17, 2014



    Snow was falling on lower Cruiser yesterday morning.

    It was moist at 1300 meters, but the skiing first thing in the morning was nice.

    Flurries, to steady light snow above 1600 meters most of the day.

    Became unsettled by 16:30 hours April 16, 2014. Warm air aloft yesterday afternoon.




Weather observations for April 17, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2240 meters      -4, Winds were 40-55 KPH from the S
2180 meters      -3, Winds were 40-55 KPH from the S
1860 meters      -3, Winds were 20-40 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters      -2, Winds were 20-50 KPH from the S
1650 meters       0, 6 cm of new snow, 9 cm in 24 hrs, Base 242 cm
1550 meters      -1, 5 cm of new snow, 5 cm in 24 hrs, Base 195 cm
  660 meters     +4, Valley Temperature, 3.9 mm of precip yest



For the forecast, moisture will continue in a Westerly Flow, driven by the strong upper level low in the Gulf of Alaska.  Cloudy conditions for today with light snow in the upper elevations. The cold front will move through later this evening. In its wake a weak upper level high tries to develop for Friday, expect unsettled conditions with the possibility of flurries in a Southerly Flow. Overall confidence in the models for the weekend period is low. More on that tomorrow. It appears another front will move in Saturday with moderate snowfall forecasted for Saturday evening into Sunday morning.  A series of fronts are likely arriving Sunday into Tuesday. Guesstimates 8-10 cm by Friday morning, 8-10 cm by Sunday morning, 1-3 cm by Monday morning. Freezing level should drop to around 1300 meters tonight and average out at about 1200 meters over the weekend.


                           As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies with variable visibility.


Yesterday in the valley there were numerous size .5 to some size 1 ssl, rising freezing levels also produced snowballing with Sc.

    Satellite image from yesterday morning.


16 Apr 2014

April 16, 2014


    Looking Northeast yesterday morning prior to the arrival of the front.

    There was some cool light in the morning.

                             Hard to get an edge in on certain aspects and elevation on Tuesday.

   There were some nasty looking clouds just prior to noon, April 15, 2014.

    Eventually the front did move into the zone with some flurries.

    Power flurry around noon yesterday.



Weather observations for April 16, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2240 meters      -6, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the SSW
2180 meters      -5, Winds were 25-35 KPH from the S
1860 meters      -4, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters      -4, Winds were 10-25 KPH from the S
1650 meters      -1, 6 cm of new snow, Base 241 cm
1550 meters      -1, 4 cm of new snow, Base 194 cm
  660 meters     +2, Valley temperature, max temp test +10.6






For the forecast, a warm front associated with a moderate Northwest flow aloft will stall over our area today bringing light snow into our zone during the day with cloudy skies, continuing into Thursday. The warm front will rise freezing levels to around 1700 meters this evening, then slowly drop to 1200 meters Thursday night as a cold front offshore moves through. As of now Friday looks to be unsettled with the possibility of some snow flurries. Another frontal band moves through on Saturday with light snowfall, increasing to heavy later in the day with freezing levels averaging around 1200 meters.  Guesstimates: 5-8 cm by Thursday morning, 10-12 cm by Friday morning, 10-15 cm by Sunday morning.


                          As of 07:00 hrs in the alpine we have overcast skies with variable visibility.
                                                      Snowing less than 1 cm per hour.


    Image from yesterday at 11:00 hrs , light snow flurries at 1860 meters.


15 Apr 2014

April 15, 2014

    Great morning in the valley, high overcast eventually became broken. April 14, 2014.


    Filled in for a while mid morning.


    Alta Lake is looking ready, anyone gone for a swim yet!!

    Some great looking clouds around April 14, 2014.


    Sunset Monday evening.

Weather observations for April 15, 2014; taken at 06:00Hrs.

2240 meters      -7, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the WSW
2180 meters      -5, Winds were 30-35 KPH from the SSW
1860 meters      -5, Winds were 5-15 KPH from the SSW
1835 meters      -4, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the WSW
1650 meters      -2, No new snow, Base 239 cm
1550 meters      -1, No new snow, Base 190 cm
  660 meters     +2, Valley Temperature, Max Temp +16 Yest



For the forecast, a weak front is moving into our area, unsettled this morning, increasing cloud later today and some precipitation in a Northwesterly flow. The week is looking unsettled with the wetter day being Thursday. Wednesday is now looking mostly cloudy. Thursday is looking cloudy, with light precipitation amounts. There is no agreement in the models for Friday into the weekend, but it could be very spring like, unsettled with the possibility of precipitation. Guesstimates; trace to 1 cm by Wednesday morning, 1-3 cm of snow for Thursday morning, 5-8 cm for Friday morning. Freezing levels for this period will be between 1200-1600 meters with the passing of the various weak weather systems.

                           As of 07:00 Hrs we have scattered clouds skies with unlimited visibility.


    Early Monday morning, high cirrus cloud began to move in.

    Picture from same time frame.



14 Apr 2014

April 14, 2014

   Awesome day April 13, 2014. Some clouds around but sunny over Whistler.

    Recent Flute cornice control. Different Perspective.

    Glide cracks on Flute Cornice.                                                                          Ryan BougiePhoto

    Cornice control April 13 Th on Way Stupid in Horstman Glacier, be aware next flat light day.

    Looking dry in the valley.

    Sunset April 13, 2014.


Weather observations for April 14, 2014; taken at 06:00 hrs.

2240 meters      -2, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the SSW
2180 meters      -2, Winds were 25-30 KPH from the S
1860 meters     +1, Winds were 10-20 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters     +1, Winds were 5-20 KPH from the SW
1650 meters      -1, No new snow, Base 240 cm
1550 meters     +1, No new snow, Base 192 cm
  660 meters      -3, Valley Temperature, Max Temp Yest +17.2


For the forecast, the strong upper level ridge will bring another nice day with warm temperatures. Later today we should see some changes when a push of marine air brings clouds and the chance of some light snow fall in the alpine. Tuesday is also looking moist and cloudy but with some unsettled conditions later in the day. Wednesday is looking unsettled with a Northwesterly flow pattern that could bring some showery weather or an upper and surface ridge may build. Models are still not in agreement for Wednesday. Thursday is looking cloudy with some precipitation in the forecast. Beyond Thursday it is still up in the air, more on that tomorrow. As of now Friday is looking unsettled. Guesstimates: Trace to 2 cm for Tuesday morning, trace to 2 cm for Wednesday morning,  3-5 cm for Friday morning. Freezing levels should drop back down later today to 1300 meters. FL for Tuesday night  could go as low as 1200 meters.


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

    Looking warm for today.