1 Jan 2014

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! Lets hope 2014 is a much better year for snow than 2013. La Nada GO AWAY

December 31, 2013; Last day of the year, first light. Looked a bit cloudy but changed as the day progressed.

Looking North in the am.

As long as you were above the cloud it was an awesome day.

Weather observations taken on this First day of January 2014, at 06:00 Hrs.

2180 meters    -5, winds were 15-20 KPH from the W
1860 meters    -2, winds were 5-15 KPH from the ESE
1835 meters         No Data
1650 meters    -2, trace of new snow, Base 89 cm
1550 meters    -3, trace of new snow, Base 64 cm
  660 meters     0, Valley Temp

For the forecast, the ridge of high pressure aloft in our zone will give us unsettled conditions for today. A strong low pressure system will move in to the area early Thursday morning bringing light snow with freezing levels around 1000-1300 meters. By the afternoon we should see moderate snowfall into the evening as a cold front sweeps through the area with fairly strong winds. High pressure aloft will build again for Friday and into the weekend with freezing levels below valley elevation associated with a strong Northerly flow. Should be a good weekend for snow making!! Unsettled Friday, sunny Saturday, sunny Sunday, and unsettled for Monday. Guesstimates by Friday morning 14-16 cm.

Looking good for Thursday.

Should skiers and Boarders that go out of bounds in ski resorts be charged for their rescue, tough topic considering that many of the volunteers are already professional rescuer's: Is it time to pay the volunteers?

Recap from a group member of the avalanche on: Pucker Face

Even after "Terrible" deadly winter of 2003, avalanche hazard often ignored: Calgary Herald

Cause Determined in Avalanche Death: Jackson Hole

Three people rescued from an avalanche in Kangan: Kashmir

Backcountry Essentials-Control what you can: Powder

Avalanche kills 1 in Northern Colorado: Tuesday Afternoon

Gran Paradiso Mountain in Italy

The bodies of two skiers were found on Tuesday morning, the latest in a series of deaths that has prompted Italian media to dub the holiday period a "black week" on the slopes: Black Week

Earlier in the day.

Sun is slowly getting lower in the sky.

Lit Up!!

Never get tired of the sunset!!

Whistler Peak.

Good Bye 2013 SUNSETS (there were too many!!), At some time in 2014 we will be skiing POWDER Again.

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