14 Dec 2012

People are starting to ski tree lines to the valley, remember that we only have had 383 cm cumulative snowfall at 1650 meters with a fluctuating freezing line at 1000 meters. Creeks at lower elevations are still very nasty.

At 2260 meters as of 06:00 the temperature was - 10, winds were 0-10 KPH from the N. At 1650 meters the temperature was -6.5, 8 cm of new snow was recored overnight. In the valley the temperature was -1.

For the forecast we can expect some unsettled conditions with the weak upper ridge building Friday Morning as the weak upper trof leaves our region.  A series of pacific frontal systems will bring some decent snowfall amounts over the weekend into the beginning of next week. A deep low is forming and should be affecting the zone by Sunday. A fairly wet frontal system appears to be heading our way for Wednesday.  This is totally looking into the crystal ball but Thursday morning next week looks deep. Will put some numbers out there but the models differ on amounts this weekend into early next week.

0-3 by tomorrow morning, 5-10 Saturday, 5-10 Early Sunday morning, 5-8 Sunday, 8-10 Monday Morning, 10-15 Monday

For the updated local avalanche Advisory: Advisory

Thanks to Eric Graham for the e-mail about this amazing snow art : Simon Beck Snowshoe Artist

Avalanche updates for BC Highways: TranBC

Avalanches not a skiing risk covered under Colorado's Skier Safety Act: Vail Daily
Court case from last January Avalanche Fatality in bounds.

Some observations from Lee Lau December 13, 2012: NE slopes near Marriot
Temps -2 at valley. -5 at 2000m. Winds light at ridgeline. 1cm of snow throughout day. Cloudy. At 2000m HST 180- 200cms on NE facing slope. Hint of W/S approx 30- 40cms down. Ski pen 10 - 15cms

Picture from Braden Douglas from 2 weeks ago. There is a story about this slope but talk to Braden about it if you are interested. Sun Bowl, Whistler Mountain

Image from Simon Beck: Snowshoe Art