29 Nov 2016

November 29, 2016

Avalanche Activity:

    Glide Cracks on old Corner 8 Springboard.

Avalanche control yesterday on WB produced a few Sz 1 ssl with Xe (explosives) Sc (ski cut).



    Early Monday morning November 28, 2016--sunrise was at 07:46 Hrs.

    Image Monday morning.

    Above Howe Sound Monday morning.

    Great skiing on the backside of Harmony Monday.

    Snow might have had a wee bit of sun affect in the morning.

    Another awesome day.

    Backside of Harmony.

    Just before sunset.


Weather Observations for November 29, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -8, Winds were 30-40 KPH SE      --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters    -7, Winds were 30-40 KPH SSW   --Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -5, Winds were 20-25 KPH ESE    --Rendevous
1835 meters    -4, Winds were 15-30 KPH SW      --Roundhouse
1650 meters    -4, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 186 cm Base, RH 95%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters    -5, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 127 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters    -2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +1.8. 0.2 mm of Precip recorded yest

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



For the forecast:

Unsettled conditions this am, with more cloud developing as the weak ridge is pushed out by the next frontal band moving down the coast. The FL should hover around 1000 meters with light snowfall in the afternoon and overnight. By Wednesday evening the front will be replaced by unsettled weather as a high pressure aloft settles in until Thursday. Another weak front is expected by Friday. Long range models are looking at a large surface high establishing itself in the area next week with much cooler temperatures. More on that as we get closer. Guesstimate: 4-8 cm by Wednesday morning.

    High pressure for  early Tuesday morning.


    Weak front Tuesday evening into Wednesday afternoon.


    Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.


    Strong low to the North sending cloud our way late Tuesday into Wednesday.



ARTICLES:



Update on Earthquake triggered avalanche in Nepal: CBS News

Why does Mt baker get so much snow: Cliff Mass

Who should pay for Backcountry Search & Rescue: CBC News

The 5 best ways to pray to the Snow Gods: GrindTV


OBSERVATIONS:

November 28 at 7:36pm



Went up to Red Heather today with Pardeep to take advantage of some freshies. HS 145 at the hut, and 170 at 1550m. Ski pen was about 35 cm, foot pen about 105cm. Calm conditions with fog coming in and out. Minor surface hoar was noted on most surfaces, and conditions throughout the day definitely favoured further development. Stability was good on all observed slopes, nothing to note but awesome pow.




November 28 at 6:02pm

Thought I'd let you all know, we got a woompf at the high entrance to west cirque around 1.30 today. There had been tons of traffic through both entrances, but I guess with 4 consecutive skiers in a line, it decided to go. 
We dropped a few inches (felt like 6ft). 
Nothing slid, but the crack was very obvious. 
Snow was wind affected but no real crust. 

Was a nice little reminder that we're not in charge. 

Stay safe out there!!!
   


    Valley Stratus layer Monday morning.

    Monday afternoon.

    Whistler Mountain.


    Lower Cougar Chute.

    Nice light at days end.

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