8 Jan 2018

January 8, 2018


    An avalanche has killed a ski instructor outside his home in France. Story below.             Net Pic

    A woman has succumbed to her injuries after being buried by a Sz 3 avalanche on Dec 31. Net Pic

    Locally, avalanche control produced a few Sz 1's with ski cuts (Sc) and explosives (Xe).


    Snow line came down to the valley.

    Thin cloud cover, snow eased off by the afternoon.

    There were even a few breaks.

    Skiing was nice in the valley.

    Overcast for most of the day. With periods of obscured skies.

Weather Observations for January 8, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters     -4, Winds were 15-30 KPH S      --Whistler Peak
1835 meters     -2, Winds were 10-20 KPH SSW--Roundhouse
1660 meters     -1, 5 cm of new, 10 cm in 24 hrs  Base 178 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters      0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +1.5, 4.6 mm of precip recorded yest

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


An upper trough will bring bring periods of light snowfall today with an impulse of moderate/heavy snow fall tonight in a Southwest flow aloft. The freezing level will hover in the 1300 meter range, warmer this am, dropping by tonight to around 1200 meters. A series of frontal bands will bring periods of snow to the area into Friday. Tuesday will see some light snowfall with a lowering FL, hopefully getting back down to surface by Tuesday night, with the possability of some breaks.  Wednesday will also be overcast with light snow fall and the FL rising to just above the valley floor. At this time Thursday looks to have moderate snow fall and the FL rising to around 1200 meters with a deep low pushing through with strong winds.
Guesstimates: 18-22 cm by Tuesday morning, 4-6 cm by Wednesday morning, 10-15 cm by Thursday morning, 18-24 cm by Friday morning.

    GOES IR image for this am. Still getting the remnants of the frontal bands.

     Warmer temperatures for today.

    Frontal band pushing through today.

    Fronts along the coast.

    Tuesday is the least active weather day.


    Snow was nice just above the valley floor.

    By 14:00 hrs yesterday 7 cm was recorded at 1660 meters.

    Unlimited visibility at times in the afternoon.

    Eventually the snow line creeped up to 1000 meters.

    Big picture yesterday, most of the precipitation has gone South.

FROM South Coast Touring:

Matt Gunn
January 7 at 10:00pm

Spent the day up Caspar Creek. A fair bit of wind transport, we found slabby conditions on wind loaded slopes above treeline including north west and east aspects. In these areas we saw shooting cracks and were able to trigger small slabs in steep terrain. Snow quality was reasonable at treeline and above although we encountered chuncky avalanche debris below the new snow in several areas.

Bram Whillock
January 7 at 7:34pm
Up to steep creek today for my bday! Expectations were low, but we got some pretty good turns. 5cm new, snowing S1 until 10am and not much rest of the day. Wind loaded open areas skiing well, skied out zones pretty terrible. New snow wasn't particularly touchy in the zones we skiied, there is tons of avy debris in steep terrain with big icey cookies! Choose your lines wisely until it's well covered.

Mitchell Sulkers
January 8 at 7:08am
Observations returning to Whistler Mtn ski area yesterday afternoon. Pay particular attention to the new mfcr and facet combo formed 180106 which will create a new near-surface layer of concern and prevailing storm winds (light to mod SE at Oboe on Sunday).

Recent Avalanche Canada MIN Report:

Whistler Slackcountry


An avalanche has claimed a snowshoer 7 days after her burial: Switzerland

A Ski Instructor has been killed by a natural avalanche near his home: France

No Avalanche warning issued--11 lives could have been saved: Kashmir News

French Ski Stations prepare for 'no snow' by 2030: France

Update on the avalanche in Kashmir: 11 Dead

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