4 Mar 2016

March 4, 2016



    An avalanche in the Bavarian Alps has killed a solo ski tourer, article below.                  Net Pic

    Familiar skis at the reserved spot. 07:30

    Not as many keener's as Wednesday.

    Good visibility early in the morning.

    Snow was dense and slow but skiing nicely.

   60-80 KPH winds at 2240 meters on Thursday.

    Power flurry's in the morning.

    Visibility was challenging at times.

    Just before sunset, Thursday March 3, 2016.


Weather Observations for March 4, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -4, Winds were 50-90 KPH SSE --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -4, Winds were 40-65 KPH S      --Whistler Peak 
1860 meters     -2, Winds were 30-55 KPH SSE --Rendevous
1835 meters     -2, Winds were 25-50 KPH ESE --Roundhouse 
1650 meters     -1, 5 cm of new snow, 11 cm in 24 hrs, 287 cm Base, RH 98%    --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -1, 3 cm of new snow,   9 cm in 24 hrs, 224 cm Base, RH 98%    --Catskinner
  660 meters    +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +5.9. 6.8 mm of Precip recorded

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies,  variable visibility, & snowing very lightly.

Avalanche control yesterday produced Sz 1-2 soft slabs with Xe, Xl, Sc.


For the forecast, a vigorous frontal system is on the coast and will soon bring heavy precipitation and
strong winds with the arrival of the front in a SW flow. It looks like the system will stall over the area with the FL maxing out at around 1500 meters. Winds will likely pick up later in the night with the passage of the front.  Saturday is looking unsettled in the morning with a moist windy frontal band later in the afternoon into Sunday morning, with a SW flow and a FL hovering around 1400 meters.    As of now Sunday has an upper level trough moving in with light/moderate snow in a Westerly flow, then a weak ridge developing for Monday with unsettled weather. FL should hover around 1200 meters for Sunday/Monday. Guesstimates: 40-60 cm by Saturday morning,  10-15 cm by Sunday morning, 15-25 cm by Monday morning. Amounts on Friday will all depend on how long the front is stalled over our region, 60 is a bit high but possible!!


    Strong front on its way with the possibility of 10-12 cm of precipitable water.

    Vigorous front arriving this morning.

    Unsettled for Saturday morning with another front later in the afternoon.

    Weak upper level trough for Sunday. Unsettled for Monday.


VIDEO FRIDAYS:

Val d'Isere Avalanche: Deploys Airbag

Avalanche Control in France: Mercantour National Park

Best Scorpion of all time: Ouch!!

Another new toy: Jet Thruster

Carving skis on big waves: Jaws

Snowboarder crashes into skier: Out of control

Leo's Line: Val d'Isere



ARTICLES:

Avalanche kills solo Ski Tourer in Bavarian Alps: Germany

An avalanche has killed a Swiss Ski Tourer: Schwyz Alps, Switzerland

Another avalanche has buried two mountaineers in the Sayan Mountains: Russia

Nailing the Deepest of the Deeps: Whistler

Dog killed in Skier Triggered Avalanche: SnowBrains


    08:00 Hrs yesterday morning, it was snowing 2 cm per hour. Power flurries!!

    12:30 image yesterday, still some power flurries.

   Today's front was looking nasty yesterday around noon.

    The really big picture.


    Morning turns with new snow over cord.

    Some glimpse of the sun later in the day.

    Light snow while practising rope work behind the Peak to Peak.

 
    Drift behind the Horstman Hut.

    Some ok visibility upper mountain, thick valley cloud. 16:30 Hours.

    Tree bombs and clumping snow later in the afternoon below 1500 meters.

    Snow line on Rainbow Mountain.

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