24 Feb 2018

February 24, 2018


    Locally, no new avalanches were observed.


    Sun was there but it snowed most of the day.


    Light snow at mid mountain, for most of the day.

    Not great visibility in the alpine. Yes that is the Peak to Valley Course.

    Friday afternoon.

    Big picture Friday afternoon.

Weather Observations for February 24, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters   -13, Winds were 20-25 KPH NW--Whistler Peak
1835 meters   -12, Winds were   5-10 KPH NE --Roundhouse
1660 meters   -12, 9 cm of new, 12 cm in 24 hrs  Base 299 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters     -7, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was -3.7, 2.3 mm of precip recorded yest

   As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have clear skies and unlimited visibility.


The cool upper level trough moved South last night with clear skies in its wake. A mix of sun and cloud for today with some day time flurries in a West/Northwest Flow aloft. There is an impulse of moderate/heavy snow expected tonight. The FL will maintain at or near the surface for the next few days. The snow will ease by Sunday afternoon with light periodic snowfall!! Monday will see some more cool unsettled weather with a moderate impulse of snow Monday night. More cool temperatures and snow on the way for next week.
Guesstimates: 8-12 cm by Sunday morning, 2-6 cm by Monday morning, 2-6 cm by Tuesday morning, 5-10 cm by Wednesday morning.

    GOES IR image this am.

    High wins this morning, with low bringing snow tonight.

    Unsettled Saturday morning.

    Snow tonight.

    Fronts along the coast.

    Unsettled Sunday.

    Some snow Sunday


    Alpine visibility was limited.

    Snow conditions were nice in the afternoon.

    Avalanche rescue training.

    Plate stellars, nice cold smoke!!

    GOES IR image last night at around 10:30 hrs. Most of the moisture was South.

 From South Coast Touring:

Reid Madiuk, Daniel O'Meara and 11 others posted in South Coast Touring.
Reid Madiuk
February 23 at 5:40pm
Spicy 🌶 lines on the Elfin spines yesterday. (February 22) 
South face of Columnar Peak. We skied 1650m to 1350m. Travel was great. By 130pm on our second lap it was -2C in the shade and surface snow was -0.5 and became thick on the steep south face. A melt freeze crust was present anywhere between 5cm-40cm on this variable terrain. Second lap proved a little late and we had to bail off the spine due to numerous size 1 ski cuts as we approached the steeper part of the spine. 
Be careful on south faces with this new snow as the sun was very strong yesterday. 
Looked like a pretty track heading up the Neve out of ring creek. But I’m sure that’s all covered up now. 
Shaded protected zones were still holding great snow with up to 40cm boot pen.


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