19 Dec 2016

December 19, 2016


    Variable visibility yesterday in the alpine, no new avalanche activity observed near the resort.

    Avalanche activity will rise today with the new snow and strong winds, check the advisory.


    Overcast with very light snow Sunday morning, December 18, 2016.

    Pumping snow out on the lower mountain, as of yest 155 million gallons of water used to date.

    Soft man made snow!!

    Great temperatures for laying down a base.

    Snowing in the valley 1 cm per hour by mid day.


Weather Observations for December 19, 2016,: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters   -8, Winds were 55-75 KPH S--Horstman Hut 
2180 meters   -9, Winds were 60-85 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters   -6, Winds were 30-50 KPH S--Rendevous
1835 meters   -6, Winds were 30-75 KPH S--Roundhouse
1650 meters   -5, 28 cm of new snow, 31 cm in 24 hrs, 181 cm Base, RH 99%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters   -5, 25 cm of new snow, 27 cm in 24 hrs, 133 cm Base, RH 98%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters   -1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was -2.9, 3.1 mm of Precip recorded yest

   As of 07:00 hrs we have overcast skies, snowing lightly and limited visibility.


Frontal band exiting East with some unsettled weather in its wake. Westerly flow will continue with some light flurries today, another frontal band arrives tonight into Tuesday morning with strong winds and moderate snow into Tuesday morning. The freezing level could rise to around 800 meters this afternoon, then drop to surface by tonight. Unsettled again for Tuesday afternoon, overcast with flurries Wednesday before another frontal band Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Bring on the pow!!! Guesstimates: 10-15 cm by Tuesday morning, 8-12 cm by Wednesday morning, 15-20 cm by Thursday morning. More snow on Thursday as well, possibly 20-30 cm.

    Front has moved East, unsettled weather today with another frontal band arriving tonight.

   Snow easing off with unsettled conditions by this morning. Front moving East fairly quickly.

    Another front Monday night into Tuesday morning.


Identifying Mountain Hazards (video) : Ski Mountaineering Tips

Avalanche and snowfall warning for Washington State: NOAA

A good day to read the avalanche bulletin: Sea to Sky


December 19 at 12:25am

Please use caution when crossing the lake to the Brian Waddington hut. The Ice is thin at least where it runs into the creek Dec 18/16. We tried following two other tracks (that did not seem to have any issues), but one of my skies popped through the ice.

    Overcast with light snow but the visibility was good all day.

    Some of the snow making whales were several meters thick.

    Looks lime winter!!!

    Will take a lot of shovelling to get to the ice Monday.

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