15 Dec 2012

Unusual skin track up a slope which has produced size 4 Avalanches in the past, not sure about the route down either?! A bit bony and shallow!

At 2260 meters the temperature was -12, winds were 45-75 KPH from the E as of 06:00 Hrs. At 1650 meters the temperature was -7, 1 cm of new snow fell there over night. In the valley it is -4.

For the forecast the models are still in conflict but I prefer to go for the positive outcome. A front will pass through Whistler today giving moderate precip amounts. A vigorous upper low will quickly approach our area Sunday thru Monday, the centre of the low will pass right over Whistler on Monday. Strong winds south of us can be expected. Unsettled weather for next week with a very active front coming in on Wednesday evening into Thursday. Looks like Tuesday will have the least amount of snow. For today we could receive 5-10 cm, another 5-10 early Sunday morning. Sunday could produce 3-5 cm during the day with 8-12 cm early Monday morning. Still looks like a significant snowfall Wednesday night into Thursday. Still looking into the crystal ball and unfortunately the systems look to be tracking slightly south of us.

For the updated avalanche advisory: Weekend Advisory

ACMG Mountain Conditions Report: Manning Park, Dave Sarkany Reporting

Know the Snow: Can we dig snow pits in safer places: Ron Simenhois

From Europe; Stay Safe: Avalanche Basics: Ski Lodge Engelberg

European Freeskiing Competition: Put the pedal to the metal

French Mountaineer Maurice Herzog Dies: From Outside Magazine

If I was living in Colorado I would click the red shoes and come here: Dismal Forecast

Yesterday was one of those days when if you were having a bad day you should probably get counselling!

We may not get to experience one of these for a while!!?

Early morning December 14, 2012

Thanks to Lee lau for some observations and photo from yesterday:
Visibility unlimited, skies clear. Winds light from NE. Temps in shade -10; -4 in the sun.
Still some big slot complexes in the Spearhead Gl particularly at the bottom of Don't Swill. HST 180 - 200cms on the glacier itself.
Skied SE, NE, SW aspects -all skied well with not even a hint of sun affect.