6 Dec 2012

Strong winds from the 4 Th and 5Th have certainly moved the snow around. Even places in the trees were affected.

As of 06:00 this morning the temperature was -9 at 2260 meters, winds have eased off to 25-35 KPH from the SSE. At 1650 meters the temperature was -4.5, 3 cm of new snow was recorded there this morning. In the valley it is 0.

For the weather today it looks like mostly cloudy skies, a few flurries, maybe some sunny breaks later in the day.  Could see snow this evening into tomorrow morning, a few centimetres. A dirty ridge is expected for Saturday. Another  Pacific frontal system should arrive Sunday.

For the Whistler\Blackcomb Advisory: Advisory

Missing Avalanche Rescue Dog: Coho

From Idaho: Recent Avalanche Activity

Avalanche in Tignes: 2 skiers buried near the Aeroski, another skier not buried. Rescue search carried out by piste patrol and resort staff. No helicopter rescue because of bad weather. 1 skier was not breathing but was revived and has been taken to hospital in Grenoble. 

More information from Tignes: 3 instructors caught

Another perhaps better report on the avalanche in Tignes :

Tignes Avalanche buries two skiers

Two off piste skiers have been hit by an avalanche in the Tovière sector of Tignes a little before midday, a third skier escaped the slide. The avalanche occured on a north sector slope under the top of the Aeroski lift close to the Paquerettes black itineary. The run was closed at the time. The sector is avalanche prone.
Piste patrollers from Tignes and Val d’Isere recovered both skiers, one in a very serious condition who has been taken to hospital in Grenoble. The CRS Rescue helicopter is unable to fly due to the poor weather conditions. Conditions are poor with limited visibility. Meteo France has warned of a high avalanche risk in the Alps. The area has seen over a meter of snow with drifting over the last 5 days.

It always amazes me how information can be so different to the facts. Here is yet another article on the Avalanche yesterday in Tignes: 2 Buried