1 Dec 2016

December 1, 2016


    Still evidence from a natural sz 3 avalanche on Blackcomb Peak from last week.

    No avalanche activity reported yesterday from WB.


    Early morning light on Wednesday.

    Wednesday Morning, November 30, 2016.

    Image from the same time frame as above.

    Power flurries Wednesday morning, 1 cm recorded at 1550 m by 14:30 Hrs.

    Nice light just before sunset.

    Sunset Wednesday from the valley.

Weather Observations for December 1, 2016,: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -9, Winds were 15-25 KPH SE --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters    -6, Winds were 15-25 KPH S   --Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -7, Winds were 10-15 KPH SE --Rendevous
1835 meters    -7, Winds were 10-20 KPH SE --Roundhouse
1650 meters    -5, trace of new snow, 1 cm in 24 hrs, 178 cm Base, RH 95%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters    -5, trace of new snow, 1 cm in 24 hrs, 116 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters   +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +2.5. 0.8 mm of Precip recorded yest

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

For the forecast:

Unsettled weather for this morning, cloudy most of the day with a warm front moving in by Friday morning with the FL possibly going as high as 1300 meters in a Westerly Flow. Another front arrives for Saturday with overcast skies and steady light snowfall, with a cold front as it passes through. The FL should drop to the valley by Saturday night. Sunday is looking unsettled with colder temperatures as an arctic outbreak begins to push in for Monday. There is a short lived front expected to pass through Sunday night, before we see more ridging on Monday.  Guesstimates: 1-2 cm by Friday morning, 6-8 cm by Saturday morning, 12-16 cm by Sunday morning. I am sure there will be some adjustment in these numbers as we get closer. Looking cold early next week!!

    Dry cloudy day.

    Very weak high pressure with dry low level cloud.

    Weak warm front for Friday.

    Overcast and snow for Saturday with a cold front at the trailing end of the passage..

    Cold air out of the North Sunday, with a weak front along the coast.


The Danger Season: Alaska

New Sensor--What goes on inside an avalanche: PhysOrg

Aspen Snowmass encourages uphill skiing: UnofficalNetworks

Old article on the blog: Whistler.com

Conditions Report--November 30, 2016: Mountain Sledder



November 30 at 9:05am

Skied Aussie Couloir and Stonecrop Face yesterday Nov 29. Skins on at the Joffre Lakes parking lot with a handpicked trail by lots of foot traffic. Followed summer trail, easy skinning except a few icy spots where the stairs were exposed. ~30-50cm on the ground below the 2nd lake with no base. Challenging to ski down at the end of the day. Lower two lakes not frozen but did skate across the upper lake. Ascended the moraine on lookers left of the Matier glacier and found a bit of cross loading off the moraine itself but nothing once we got in the gully beside the glacier. No recent icefall. Fairly easy trail breaking to the base of the Aussie and then bottop to thigh deep booting to the summit with nearly waist deep for a bit at the pillow near the summit. Looks like couloir flushed well in the last storm cycle. Good skiing down with some powder and a nice firm base. Shot across to Slalok and took the standard route up to the summit. Skied from the summit off the main face and then at the bottom of the ice traversed hard skiers right to get into the slot couloir that is on skiers right of the bottom half of the face. Very cool - ski width wide in some sections. Stonecrop was mostly wind pressed but the apron opened up to nice powder skiing. Good snowpack throughout the day that felt fairly rightsize up and progressively quite dense. We found some small pockets of windslab in lee areas that we were able to kick off with ski cuts but couldn’t get any propagation. Nice to ski some classics!

    Nice looking conditions in the Meager Area.                                              Mario Chartrand Image

    Skiing in the trees on Wednesday.

    Lots of keener's heading to the Horstman Hut.

    Old fracture line from last week.

    Cool light days end yesterday.

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