20 Apr 2013

Large stellar conglomerates were falling yesterday morning. The skiing was quite nice when the visibility was good.

It was certainly grey at times but there were some sunny breaks throughout the day. 

Light convective flurries at the start of the Slope Style event yesterday morning. 

At 2240 meters the temperature was -5, winds were 15-30 KPH from the S. At 1650 meters the temperature was 0, trace of  fresh snow reported there. In the valley it was +6. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs today.

For the forecast the moist on shore flow will continue to bring clouds to the area today with light snow and a few sunny breaks this morning. Tomorrow the northwest flow aloft will bring unsettled conditions with sun and cloud. The ridge will build for Monday through Thursday with warm temperatures and elevated freezing levels. Guesstimates 1-2 cm today depending on elevation, 1-3 cm by tomorrow morning Freezing level around 1700 meters this morning dropping to 900 meters over night, tomorrow it should stay around 1400 meters. Monday 2100 meters rising to 3000 meters by Thursday. The snow pack will be absorbing a significant amount of solar energy next week!! 

For the updated local avalanche advisory: Blackcomb Snow Safety

Four killed by avalanche in Khabaravsk Territory: Russia

Avalanche & Rockslide danger rises: Norway

Austrian Avalanche Danger : Spring Conditions

Wet Snow Avalanches across the Alps: Europe

British Columbia's uneven thaw: Men's Journal

From yesterday morning, moist new snow bonding well to a temperature crust above some moist melt freeze snow.

 Construction on the new Crystal Chair is underway, closures will be put into effect next week, please be aware of these, especially if you are coming back from the back country. 

Light snow at 2240 meters yesterday afternoon. 
When the sun did appear yesterday it was hot.