21 Jan 2017

January 21, 2017


   Update on the Italian Hotel Avalanche in the article section at the btm of the page.       Net Pic

    Avalanche control on WB ysterday produced Sz 1-3 Xc, Xh, Xe, Sc, + Sa.

    Size 3 natural avalanches observed in the area yesterday occurring during the storm cycle.


    Early Friday morning, January 20, 2017.

    An awesome morning.

    Strong Southerly winds in the am.

    Snow was moving around.

    Rainbow Chute looking very inviting.

    Evidence of the next week front yesterday afternoon.

Weather Observations for January 21, 2017: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters   -7, Winds were  5-10 KPH SE   --Horstman Hut 
2180 meters   -6, Winds were 10-20 KPH ESE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters   -5, Winds were     0-5 KPH S     --Rendevous
1835 meters   -5, Winds were     0-5 KPH E     --Roundhouse
1650 meters  -4,  1 cm  of new snow, 1 cm in 24 hrs,   232 cm Base, RH 100%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters  -4,  Trace of new snow, Trace in 24 hrs, 160 cm Base, RH   97%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters  -1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +3.0, 0.5 mm of Precip recorded yest

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


A weakening upper low will bring overcast skies to the area today with light snow flurries and a FL maxing out at around 1000 meters. The flow for the next 2 days will be Southerly. Sunday will also be unsettled with some cloudy periods and some isolated snow flurries. High pressure will bring unsettled weather to the area next week with periods of clear skies. Enjoy the weather. Guesstimates: 4-6 cm by Sunday morning, 2-4 cm by Monday morning.

    Flow for today

   Low off the coast, unsettled weather Sunday.

    High pressure for next week.


    Looking South Friday morning.

    Wind swept glazed rock.

    We received 1 meter of snow over the storm cycle at 1650 meters, more in the alpine.

    Red Chair

    Taking the plunge

    Two off the Dominator.

    Wind affect at Lemmings Leap.

    White Tusk and old avalanche debris off the ridge.


Four more survivors pulled out of Italy's avalanche hit hotel: Farindola, Italy

All missing children found alive in avalanche-hit hotel: Italy

An avalanche kills a German skier near Solden: Austria

Ski Tourer killed by Pyrenes Avalanche: France

Avalanche Awareness Days on Blackcomb today, top of Solar Coaster: Avalanche Hut

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