5 Mar 2016

March 5, 2016

    Two other avalanches have claimed two lives in Russia, story in article section.                  Net Pic

    Two separate avalanche fatalities in Austria involving guides, story below:                       Net Pic

    Fairly mellow line up at 08:00 Hours yesterday morning.

    60-80 KPH winds at 1860 meters March 4, 2016 at 10:00 Hours.

    With all the upper lifts closed the line ups on the mid mountain lifts were large.

    More red than green.

    By 11:30 it was snowing hard with 50-90 KPH at 1835 meters.

    Raining in the valley, only 8.6 mm recorded yesterday at 660 meters.

                      #awilliephoto                       Norma Lu enjoying the cut late pm under the Peak to Peak


Weather Observations for March 5, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -4, Winds were 25-55 KPH S       --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -3, Winds were 40-50 KPH SSW --Whistler Peak 
1860 meters     -2, Winds were 30-50 KPH SSE  --Rendevous
1835 meters     -1, Winds were 15-30 KPH ESE  --Roundhouse 
1650 meters      0, 32 cm of new snow, 50 cm in 24 hrs, 322 cm Base, RH 99%    --Pig Alley
1550 meters      0, 28 cm of new snow, 44 cm in 24 hrs, 250 cm Base, RH 98%    --Catskinner
  660 meters    +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +4.1. 8.6 mm of Precip recorded yet

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, light precipitation this morning with lingering clouds as the frontal band moves East in a strong SW flow. Looking at mostly overcast conditions for most of the day with very light precipitation and a FL hovering around 1600 meters. There is a chance of some sunny breaks later this morning?. Late this afternoon/ evening another impulse of snow will arrive in a Southerly flow aloft, with the FL dropping to 1000 meters. Sunday will see an upper level trough move through with light/moderate precipitation in a SW flow with the FL hovering around 1200 meters. Monday is looking unsettled with the FL fluctuating from 1300-800 meters. Another weak front is forecasted for Tuesday with light precipitation and cooler temperatures. Guesstimates: 12-18 cm by Sunday morning, 15-20 cm by Monday morning, 1-3 cm by Tuesday morning, 5-10 cm by Wednesday morning.

    Frontal band moving East this morning with some lingering showers and cloud.

     Another frontal band for tonight into Sunday morning.

    Upper level trough for tomorrow.

    Unsettled for Monday.

    Another frontal band for Tuesday in a Westerly flow.


Two Guides killed in two separate avalanches in Lech: Austria

Three people have died in avalanches in the Buryatia area since March 1, 2016: Russia

Avalanche Canada warns March is the deadliest time of year: GlobalNews

Avalanche History in the Canadian Rockies: Revelstoke, B.C.

Ski Patrollers are among the lowest paid workers in the U.S.A.: SnowBrains

Knowing when to dig: Off Piste

    09:00 Hrs yesterday morning, snowing lightly, blowing 90-140 Kph at 2240 M. 40-80 at 1860M

   13:00 Hrs snowing moderatley, 75-112 KPH at 2240 m--30-60 KPH at 1860 meters. March 4Th.

    Yesterday at 13:00 Hours.

    Still moisture heading our way in the big picture.

    Pucking at 12:00 Hours yesterday.

    Snow line at the top of the Sewer.

    Just above the sewer, on Lower Insanity.

    Wet in the valley, but there were no lift lines!!

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