27 Dec 2012

Loose snow avalanche set off by some skiers on Disease Ridge, December , 26, 2012.

At 2260 meters, Horstman Hut the temperature was -9.5, winds were 0-10 KPH from the WSW. At 1650 meters, Pig Alley the temperature was -6.5, there was no new snow there. In the valley it was -10. Observations were taken at 06:00.

For the forecast we can expect this ridge to dominate our area for possibly a week, Boo!! Expect a mix of sun and cloud for today(sun in the afternoon),  the ridge will break down for Friday giving us mostly cloudy skies with the possibility of a flurry. On Saturday through to Wednesday expect mostly sunny skies. The next issue we will have in the snow pack will be how much and where the surface hoar grows over this dry period.

For the updated local avalanche advisory : Whistler\Blackcomb Advisory

Considerable Avalanche Hazard on North Shore Mountains: The Province

Hikers not deterred by Higher Avalanche Hazard: BC. TV News

Head of North West Avalanche Centre retires: Mark Moore

Avalanche control in Tignes: Planetski

2-4 mil stellars made for some great skiing yesterday.

There were a few point releases in the afternoon when the sun briefly started warming things up.

Just a reminder, stay out of permanently closed areas and do not hike up hill unless you wish to loose your riding privileges for 1 year.

Some pictures from Holly Walker on Pattison December 24, 2012.
                      Hans Christian Gulsvik

                      Brian Baker

At 2210 meters this fragile grass is growing amongst the rocky terrain.

Sunset December 26, 2012

This is what the satellite picture looked like on December 26, at 15:30 Hrs.