3 Mar 2017

March 3, 2017


    An avalanche has killed a Ski Tourer near Ratschingerkreutz, Italy. Story In article section. Net Pic

    An avalanche in Plan de la Gabba, Italy has killed 3 skiers. Story in article section.   Net Pic

    Locally, Sz 1-1.5 Xe (explosives) and Sc (ski cut) soft slabs yesterday.


    Overcast and snowing very lightly Thursday, March 2, 2017.

    Visibility was hard at times in the morning.

    Nice turns below the tree line.

    Thursday morning.

    Drifting snow buried your equipment quickly.

    Big picture Thursday afternoon, looking juicy!!

    Difficult light in open areas.
    Snowing later in the day. By 17:00 hrs it was snowing 3 cm per hour.

Weather Observations for March 3, 2017: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      -6, Winds were 60-90 KPH S  --Horstman Hut 
2180 meters      -5, Winds were 60-90 KPH S  --Whistler Peak
1860 meters      -4, Winds were 40-75 KPH S   --Rendevous
1835 meters      -4, Winds were 20-60 KPH SE--Roundhouse
1650 meters      -3, 25 cm of new snow, 28 cm in 24 hrs, 277 cm Base, RH 92%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters      -2, 17 cm of new snow, 19 cm in 24 hrs, 192 cm Base, RH 95%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters     +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +1.3, trace of Precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 hrs we have obscured skies, limited visibility and it is snowing 1 cm per hour.


A deep upper trough will move through Southern BC today/tomorrow in a Westerly flow aloft. We can expect light/moderate snowfall today with the FL dropping to surface by tonight as a cold front pushes through our zone. Saturday is looking unsettled in the morning with the FL below surface and some snow flurries during the day. Another weak front pushes through Sunday with light snowfall and the FL remaining below surface. A series of  frontal waves will push through into at least Friday of next week with some good looking storm days on Wednesday and Thursday.
Guesstimates:10-20 cm by Saturday morning, 1-3 cm by Sunday morning, 4-8 cm by Monday morning, 8-12 cm by Tuesday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    Overcast with moderate precipitation for today.

    Low slides south today.

    Flow from last night into this morning.

    Cooler temperatures as the low sinks South.

    Strong winds Friday morning.

    Low on Saturday.


March 2 at 9:15am

Van Horlick still has industrial activity up the 9km left spur. Harvesting and hauling will continue until approximately Mar 10. It is against Regulations to ride a snowmobile on a road that is being maintained. A common sense, safe, variance to this could occur where a person could drive 10km up an active road and park and unload in a wide spot before the heavily congested (logging truck turnaround and active log loading site) end of the road, then ride the last 1/2 km on the road. What is not acceptable is parking and unloading at the highway and riding the 10km on the plowed road. For the Caspar road, Highways has informed us that the gate must be locked whenever there is no logging truck traffic. For the general public this means park before the gate to ensure your vehicle doesn't get locked in. As far as snowmobile access on this maintained road, I would risk-manage the few hundred m's of plowed road......Simon, Interwest Timber Ltd 250 256-7782

    More snowmaking guns on the Horstman Glacier.

    Different layers from the winters storms.

    Snowing and blowing at 16:00 Hrs.


East Coast Avalanche: Chic Chocs

Avalanches are time consuming: Sport Safety

Snowboarder-Skier Conflict: Jackson Hole

Avalanche hits Semi Truck: Alaska


An avalanche has killed a ski tourer near Ratschingerkreutz: South Tyrol, Italy

Three skiers have died in an Italian Avalanche: Milan

New avalanche & snow burial practise guidelines released: Wilderness Medical Society

Two thirds of snowmobiler's who've died in BC avalanches are from Alberta: Avalanche Canada

Fresh avalanche warning issued in Kupwara: Kashmir

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