25 Jan 2023

January 25, 2023


      An avalanche has killed two heli-skiers on Mt McCrae, near Revelstoke. Article below.   Net Pic

      Recent Remotely triggered slab below Fissile. MIN Report below.              Kirill Kokorin Pic

      A snowshoer has died in an avalanche in Italy. Article below.                                              Net Pic

     No new avalanches observed on Blackcomb, Tuesday.  Xc Cornice control on Bushrat. 

      17 Doubles. Linked with B-Line. 

       The aftermath.

     Cliffs of Dover or Bushrat.

      Debris at the bottom of Bushrat. Careful in flat light, you do not want to ski into this.

      No new avalanches observed on Whistler.


      Sunrise Tuesday was at 07:57 Hrs. -4 Deg C with a 15-25 KPH SE wind at 1860 m.

      10:00 Hrs. -2 Deg C with a 10-20KPH SW wind at 1835 m.

      Tuesday January 24, 2023. 12:00 Hrs. -1 Deg C with a 5-10 KPH ESE breeze at 1835 m.

      14:00 Hrs. 0 Deg C with a 5-10 SSW breeze at 1860 m.

     16:00 Hrs. 0 Deg C with a 0-5 KPH SE breeze at 1860 m.

     18:00 Hrs. -5 Deg C with a 5-15 KPH N wind at 2280 m.

Weather Observations for January 25, 2023 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2280 meters     -1, Winds were 35-50 KPH NNE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -2, Winds were 20-25 KPH NNW--Whistler Peak
1860 meters    +2, Winds were 20-25 KPH NNE--Rendezvous  
1835 meters    +1, Winds were   0-10 KPH WNW--Round House
1650 meters     -2, 0 cm in 12 Hrs, 0 cm in 24 Hrs. Base 190 cm--Pig Alley
1570 meters     -1, trace in 12 Hrs, trace in 24 Hrs. Base 129 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     -1, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +2.8, 0.3 mm of precip yesterday. 

      As of 06:00 Hrs this am we have no new snow. Base 190 cm.

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

      Windy image taken from same time frame as above image.


A dirty ridge will bring unsettled weather for today in a Northerly flow aloft. Mix of sun and cloud with warm air and inverted temperatures. The FL is presently hovering around surface and will rise as the day progresses. Could go up as high as 2500 m. Low will send cloud for Thursday with a weak upper trough arriving Thursday night into early Friday morning with some showers. Slowly dries out in the am with mostly cloudy skies, sun should come out later in the am. Unsettled for the pm with a mix of sun and cloud. Cold and sunny weather for Saturday. Colder and sunny on Sunday. Guesstimates: 0 cm by Thursday am, 2-4 cm by Friday am, 0 cm by Saturday am, no new snow expected into next week. Looking dry!!

      GOES IR IMAGE from this am.

      GOES 17 ABI IMAGE 2023/01/25. 05:00 Hrs.

      Dirty high for today with a mix of sun and cloud in a Northerly flow aloft. Inversion.

      High pressure with dry warm weather.

      Northerly flow aloft for today.

       High pressure for Thursday with more dirty ridging, Low will send cloud our way. Warm.

      Clouds in the area, light precipitation Thursday night. 

       Arctic frontal boundary will bring early morning showers followed by unsettled weather. 

      Showers in the am, unsettled in the pm Friday.

       Arctic air pushes onto the coast Saturday. Colder temperatures with sunny skies.

      Cold arctic air with sunny dry weather Saturday.

      Cold and dry Sunday, with cold temperatures and sunny skies.

      Cold and sunny on Monday.


      Mid Mountain cloud layer in the am.

      Moisture in the am formed a rime crust down to 1700 m. Luckily no snow for a while. Ifrc.

      Guess Where??

      Cranking turns.

       Whistler Peak.

      Fresh cord with some faceting.

      A bit boney still!

      Later in the afternoon.

      Descending into the cloud!

      Massive Stratus Cloud Layer.

      19:00 Hrs.



Travel and Terrain Advice

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

A moist or wet snow surface, pinwheeling and natural avalanches are all indicators of a weakening snowpack.

Cornices become weak with daytime heating or solar exposure.

CONSIDERABLE--Sea to Sky Advisory available, top right sidebar.


Fissile Exit: Jan 24, 2023

Hurley Area Conditions: Jan 24, 2023

Birkenhead: Jan 23, 2023


If you leave the ski area boundary: Avalanche Canada

Sending it off a: Cliff

High speed crash: Alaska

Urban Turns: Asphalt is hard


Two Heli-skiers have died in an avalanche near Revelstoke: Mount McCrae

An avalanche has killed a snowshoer in Val Orsera; Italy

Avalanche near Cherryville sends one to hospital: B.C.

Warming and Weakness in a Complex Snowpack: Avalanche Canada

Resist urge to 'tickle' the snowpack as slide risk increases, avalanche survivor says: Vancouver

Government of Canada funds Research in support of avalanche prevention: Quebec

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