18 Apr 2012

Yesterday was a true winter day, cold and eventually it started to snow. The surface was much nicer than Monday.

As 0f 06:00 hrs the temperature was - 6 at 2280 meters, the winds were 30-45 KPH from the ESE.
At 1550 meters the temperature was -4, 97% relative humidity and the barometer was dropping..
In the valley it is +1. Pig Alley had 2 cm recorded at 05:30, and catskinner  had 3 cm as of 06:15.

For the updated avalanche advisory click here: Avalanche Advisory

Where will beacons go in the future: New Technology

Thought of this a few years ago but after talking to some engineers it was too expensive and at the time not possible with the size it would have to be. There is a prize of $10,000,000.00 for the first group to build a hand held medical scanner capable of analyzing 25 human functions. Perhaps if this is accomplished it will be easy to manufacture a device like the one mentioned in the article.

Clip on mountain flying in helicopters: Heli Ski Pilots

Report on the ACMG blog on the area:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

[MCR] Spearhead and Mystery Creek

I spent the weekend in the Mystery Creek area and also skied out to Tremor Mt today. On both trips  I found good skiing on N slopes above 2100m. A few cm of new snow is now on top of a faceting old wind slab. South aspects have a solid crust and ski crampons are useful. Today I found the the Alpine Hazard was Moderate. Some thin wind slabs have accumulated in the alpine. Cornices are big but the colder temperatures kept everything solid.
From a distance I saw the most interesting looking glide crack near the top of Decker Mt NE Side.  It is just N of the heli ski stakes. At the top of the Decker heliski run. There is a shrund there most summers. Be careful if you ski that line!

Dave Sarkany
DSK Guiding

Not a very comfortable looking chair!

Green lake was thawing quickly, but the weather has slowed the process down.