24 Apr 2017

April 24, 2017


    Yesterday avalanche control produced Sz 1-2 soft slabs 10-25 cm Sc Xe.

    Large cornice debris in most of the bowls.

    Just enough angle and weight to create a fracture, with slab remaining in tact.


    Early Sunday morning April 23, 2017. Snowline was down to 1300 meters.

    Snow was clumpy at 1800 meters.
    Snowing in the am.

    Sunday morning.

    Big picture Sunday morning.

    Top of the Peak Chair.

    Cowboy in the Saddle.

    Perpetual Human Slalom course.

    Some nice light later in the day.

Weather Observations for April 24, 2017 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      -5, Winds were   5-15 KPH ESE --Horstman Hut 
1860 meters      -3, Winds were 10-15 KPH ENE --Rendevous
1550 meters      -1, 2 cm of new snow, 2 cm in 24 hrs, 259 cm Base, RH 99%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters     +4, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +11.9, 1.8 mm of Precip recorded yest

Blackcomb will be open from 10:00 Hrs to 17:00 Hours for the remainder of the season!!!

   As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies and variable visibility at 2240 meters.


The upper level low will shift Southeast today bringing unsettled weather in a Northwesterly flow aloft. A very weak ridge will eventually build, but expect overcast skies with some light precipitation early this am. We should see increasing afternoon sunshine with unsettled conditions into Tuesday morning. The Fl is at around 1500 meters and could spike to 2200 meters this afternoon. A frontal band will arrive on the coast for Tuesday with light precipitation and the FL starting around 1800 meters dropping to 1300 meters by Tuesday night. Frontal bands will continue on Wednesday with light precipitation and the FL hovering in the 1500 meter range. As of now Thursday is looking unsettled with a trend toward unsettled weather into next weekend.
Guesstimates: 4-6 cm above 2000 meters by Tuesday morning, 4-6 cm above 1700 meters by Wednesday morning, 8-12 cm at 1600 meters by Thursday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

   Low will move Southeast today.

   Cloudy in the morning with breaks in the afternoon.

    Low will shift South bringing unsettled weather to the area later Monday into Tuesday.

   Frontal band will likely arrive for Tuesday.


    Yesterday was the last day of operations on Whistler Mountain.

   Top of Glacier Express Lift.

    Alta lake is ice free.

    There was some ice on Green lake in the morning.

   Not much ice left at the end of the day.

    Warm temperatures had their way with this snowman.


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