23 Jan 2023

January 23, 2023


       Numerous large avalanches near Valemount, B.C. Article Below.                Allen Creek Image

     A snowmobiler has died in an avalanche near Valemount, B.C. Article below. Robson Fletcher Pic

   Avalanche control on Whistler produced some Sz 1 cornice and storm slab results Xc Xe on Sunday.

      Xe Sz 1 above Glacier Bowl Whistler Peak.

     No new avalanches observed on Blackcomb. Xc (cornice control) in Blackcomb bowl.

      Old wet loose up Fitzsimmons Valley.

      Sz 3 Na San Juan Area, CO. 2023/01/22. Click> CAIC Report.                        Chris valine Pic


      Sunrise Sunday was at 07:59 Hrs. -7 Deg C with a 0-5 KPH variable directions at 1860 m.

     10:00 Hrs

      Sunday January 22, 2023. 12:00 Hrs. -6 Deg C with a 5-10 KPH SSW breeze at 1835 m.

      14:00 Hrs. -8 Deg C with a 10-15 KPH South wind at 2280 m.

     16:00 Hrs.-6 Deg C with a 5-10 KPH South wind at 1860 m.

Weather Observations for January 23, 2023 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2280 meters     -8, Winds were 20-45 KPH SW--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -8, Winds were 25-35 KPH SW--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -5, Winds were   5-10 KPH S--Rendezvous  
1835 meters     -6, Winds were 10-20 KPH SSW--Round House
1650 meters     -6, trace in 12 Hrs, 1 cm in 24 Hrs. Base 195 cm--Pig Alley
1570 meters     -6, trace in 12 Hrs, 1 cm in 24 Hrs. Base 132 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     -1, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +2.1, 0.0 mm of precip yesterday. 

      As of 06:00 Hrs this an we have a trace of new snow. 0.5 mm in the precip gauge. 195 cm Base

      As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.


A dirty ridge is off the coast, low from the North will spill cloud into the area in a Northerly flow aloft. Unsettled weather for Monday with a dry airmass. Mix of sun and cloud but mostly overcast. Ridge continues too push onshore Tuesday with overcast skies and dry weather. Ridge strengthens for Wednesday with a mix of sun and cloud. Mostly sunny in the pm. Unsettled Thursday am with a short wave trough pushing in Thursday pm into early Friday am. Dries out in the early am, with unsettled weather for the remainder of the day. Ridge builds again on Saturday with a mix of sun and cloud and cooler arctic air pushes to chill the weather pattern. Guesstimates: 0-trace by Tuesday am, 0-trace by Wednesday am, 0 cm by Thursday am, trace-2 cm by Friday am, 2-6 cm by Saturday am.

      GOES IR IMAGE from this am.

      GOES 17 ABI Image 2023/01/23. 05:00 Hrs.

          High pressure pushing but low will spill cloud into the area. Seasonable temps.

      Dirty ridging with mostly overcast skies for Monday.

      Northerly flow aloft.

      High strengthens Tuesday, but low continues to spill cloud into the area. Seasonable temps.

      Clouds for Tuesday but dry.

       High pushes inland with a mix of sun and cloud. Mostly cloudy in the pm. Inversion.

      High strengthens for Wednesday. Dry.

       High pressure slides further East on Thursday, trough arrives in the afternoon.

      Unsettled Thursday am, weak trough in the pm.

      Trough pushes South Friday with dry unsettled weather.

      Another unsettled day on Saturday.


      Armchair Glacier in some early morning rising cloud.

      Mt Fee in the early morning light.

      Enjoying the soft snow.

      Glacial Moraine at the top of Fitzsimmons Valley.

      Nice effect Sunday.                                                                                               Margy Krause Image

      Clouds moved in from the South and rose as the morning progressed.

      Windy image from Sunday pm.

      More tracks on Cowboy Ridge.

      Tricouni Peak

      Awesome light as the sun started setting.

      Sun going down Sunday pm. Sunset was at 16:48 Hrs.

       Red sky at night.

      Year of the Rabbit. From Crystal Zone.                                                           Margy Krause Image



Travel and Terrain Advice

Watch for newly formed and reactive wind slabs as you transition into wind affected terrain.

Recent wind has varied in direction so watch for wind slabs on all aspects.

Avoid shallow, rocky areas where the snowpack transitions from thick to thin.



Hollyburn & Christmas Gully: Jan 22, 2023

Flute Mellow Tour: Jan 22, 2023

Shannon Basin Tree Triangle: Jan 22, 2023

Sunday Elfin Tour: Jan 22, 2023

Disease and Body Bag: Jan 22, 2023

Seymour Mt Madness: Jan 22, 2023


Avalanche Control, Monashee's: Avalanche Canada

Performing a kick turn: Steep Terrain

Telail Gurezz Avalanche: Kashmir

Pow Town: Sled Turns


Numerous large avalanches near Valemount: Avalanche Canada

Snowmobiler from Alberta dead from avalanche near Valemount, B.C.: CBC News

Avalanche hits Bandipara's Tulail Village: Kashmir

Two ski tourer's sustain injuries after getting caught in an avalanche in South Lake Tahoe avalanche: Heavenly

More information on the ski instructor killed by an avalanche in Les Arcs: Pistehors.com

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