21 Dec 2013

December 21, 2013

Early yesterday morning, snowing and blowing but at least there were some fresh turns to be had!

By 13:00 hours the snow eased off, with 8cm over night and 5 cm by the pm the snow was great.


Size 1 soft slabs were easily triggered in lee terrain and cross loaded pockets.


Started clearing out by 14:00 hours.


By days end the sun was out and illuminating some of the  peaks.


Tree skiing is still sketchy, lots of hidden hazards.


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Weather Observations for December 21, 2013 taken at 06:00 Hrs.

2180 meters    -4.5, winds were 10-15 KPH from the W
1860 meters    -2.5, winds were 25-10 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters    -5,    winds were 20-40 KPH from the SW
1650 meters    -5,    no new snow, 5 cm yesterday, Base 90 cm
1550 meters    -4,    no new snow, 5 cm yesterday, Base 68 cm
  660 meters    -6,    Valley Temperature, 7.1 mm of precip yesterday 



For the forecast, the moist North West flow aloft will bring mostly cloudy skies today, there may be the occasional break at the higher elevations. Some flurries are possible this evening. A warm front is forecasted to move into our area for Sunday with some light precipitation. This will be followed by a cold front Sunday evening into Monday morning, bringing light to moderate snow in the higher elevations. Tuesday will see a few flurries as the ridge of high pressure begins to build for Wednesday into Friday. Guesstimates: 1-2 cm by Sunday morning; 10-12 cm by Monday afternoon; Flurries on Tuesday morning. Freezing level will rise to 850 meters today, 1700 meters by Sunday evening, slowly drops back to surface by Tuesday evening.

Precip moving in for late Sunday evening- Monday morning.

Barely covered rocks, stumps, logs, and other hard, immobile, season-ending, equipment-breaking objects still exist on all slopes: Sierra Avalanche Center

Choosing the right touring partner: Backcountry.com

Sherpa's Film" Into the Mind": Behind the Scenes

Snow conditions in the French Mountains: Pisthors.com

Surface Hoar Layer in Flathead Sub region: CAC Blog

Recent Avalanche Incident Report; Montana: Flathead Avalanche Center



Satellite Image from yesterday morning. Snow clouds over our zone.

Multiple layers with flurries were prevalent until later in the day. December 20, 2013.


Great colours by sunset on Friday.

Whistler Peak with the sun setting early.



With the shallow snowpack, most areas should be treated as complex terrain.



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