18 Jan 2014

January 18, 2014

Great colours yesterday morning, pink sky in the morning.

Alto nimbus clouds were around for much of the day, thicker in the afternoon.

Another shot from the avalanche in Blackcomb Glacier.

Tension cracks are very interesting.

Sunset Thursday January 17, 2014.

Avalanche awareness days are today, transciever locating race, good information, and come by to give your comments on the new Backcountry Checklist. Just near the top of the Solar Coaster.

Weather observations for January 18, 2014, taken at 06:00 Hrs.
2240 meters     +2, winds were 35-50 KPH from the S
2180 meters  +2.5, winds were 30-45 KPH from the S
1860 meters     +5, winds were 20-35 KPH from the ESE
1835 meters  +5.5, winds were 15-25 KPH from the ESE
1650 meters     +4, No new snow, Base 141
1550 meters     +5, No new snow, Base 106
  660 meters      -4, Valley Temperature

The next few days are going to sound like a broken record, remind you of ground hog day and flash back to a  Deja-Vu, but the persistent long term pattern is upon us. A very weak front is approaching which will bring some cloud and sun into the equation for today.  The long term models are still showing the massive persistent upper level ridge to dominate our area for at least a week. The snow pack has shrunk from 136 cm base at 1550 meters January 11, to 106 cm by this morning. Freezing level should drop this evening to around 1300 meters, slowly rise tomorrow to about 2000 meters than return to the 3000+ meter mark by Monday-Friday.

The high is well formed for Monday.

Still some stratus cloud in certain areas, yesterday.

Warm air moving in from the South.

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Still some stratus in the valley, looking North to Pemberton, Friday Morning.

Have talked about Whistler becoming the Chamonix of North America, ski in climbing.

Gendarme at the top of Show Case T-Bar.

  Crack in the flank of the avalanche beyond the blow hole.

A very dense slab with specific layers.

Tension crack below Krackatoa, 2 meters of snow at the highest point in the crown. Flanks were about 1 meter.

Skiing was very good on Friday.

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