14 Dec 2015

December 14, 2015

    Early Sunday morning, December 13, 2015. 43 cm of new snow overnight at 1550 meters.

    There were many cars trying to park at 07:30 Hours.

    08:00 Hours Sunday morning. Wizard Chair.

               Creekside Gondola, 08:30 Hours Sunday Morning                       CJYarnold Photo

    I have never seen a line up like this for Spanky's.

    The back of the line.

   The trees were a nice place to be.

    At 12:30 Hours on Sunday at 1835 meters -2.5 with 10-20 KPH winds from the S.

Weather Observations for December 14, 2015: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -8 Winds were 15-25 KPH SSE        --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -9, Winds were 25-40 KPH NW        --Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -8, Winds were 15-20 KPH NW        --Rendevous
1835 meters     -7, Winds were 5-10 KPH SSW        --Roundhouse
1650 meters     -5, 6 cm of new, 8 cm in 24 Hrs, 180 cm Base, Relative Humidity 95%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -5, 6 cm of new, 140 cm Base         --Catskinner 
  660 meters     -1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +1.6. 10.1 mm of precip by 24:00?

Avalanche control yesterday produced Sz 1-1.5 SSL, Xe Sc in HST.

    As of 07:00 Hours we have broken cloud with unlimited visibility .

For the forecast, the upper level trough is slowly moving out of our zone being replaced by an upper level ridge in a Northerly flow aloft. We can expect dry cool weather into Tuesday with a freezing level hovering just below the valley elevation. On Tuesday the ridge will flatten and there is a slight chance of some snow flurries in the late afternoon. Wednesday is looking dry and unsettled as a surface high form the Northeast pushes into our zone with cold temperatures. Another low will send some decent precipitation our way Thursday evening into Friday with snow to the valley.

    High pressure building for today.

    Clouds will dissipate early Monday for some nice weather by the afternoon.

    Tuesday may see some light flurries.

    Surface High will bring colder temperatures to the area on Wednesday.

    Hope this arrives on Thursday. Another low out of the North.


Watch for lingering Surface Hoar: North Rockies, Avalanche Canada

Aspen Mountain says Slow Down: Ski Patrol taking Passes

S.A.F.E. AS--Womens Avalanche Clinic: Copper, CO--Dec 19-20.

Detecting avalanches with Satellite Radar: ScienceNordic

    Satellite image from yesterday.

    Moist air around Sunday morning.

        Cynthia  in Sapphire Chutes.                                                                  CJYarnold Photo

    Some cool rock features on the way to the chimney.

    Know your line, still many hazards lurking out there.

    No Racers, everyone was enjoying the POW.

    Once everyone was spread out the line ups were manageable.

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