5 Mar 2012

East facing slopes certainly can be triggered with the right conditions and the sun is already strong enough to create avalanches.  After this next storm when it gets nice out start watching for solar aspects to move.

As of 06:00 Hrs at 2280 meters the temperature was -6, winds were 55-75 KPH from the SSE. Maximum gust over night was 86 KPH. At 1550 meters the temperature was - 4, 98.5 % relative humidity and the barometer was dropping. At cat skinner weather plot 19 cm was recorded at 06:00, at pig alley 15 cm had been  recorded at 05:30.  By the time you read this the 20 cm rule will be in effect.  In the valley it is +1. With the snow and winds size 2 avalanches are probable for today.

For the updated Avalanche Advisory click here: Avalanche Advisory

Footage from the passengers perspective of the avalanche in France: Passengers Perspective

Some more footage from the avalanche in France, evacuation of the people left on the lift: Lift Evac
Some footage from an Avalanche in Ontario, language warning, its a bit long: Ontario

More intel on the Duffy slide on Saturday, a second party helped rescue the individual who was injured. Main injury was a concussion. Other parties reported that it was likely a 30 cm fracture as they were finding that in their observations and staying out of the alpine terrain.

Yet another fatality south of the border yesterday: Near Moab

Here is a news article from the day before this incident: Avalanche Conditions