24 Dec 2012

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas Eve.  Skiing is as good as it gets, we should all be thankful
for having the opportunity to be here with these epic conditions.

The temperature at 2260 was -11, winds were 0-5 KPH fro the West. At 1650 meters the temperature was -7.5, 3 cm of new snow was recorded overnight with 7 cm in the past 24 hours. In the valley it is -9. Observations recorded at 06:00 Hours.

For the forecast we can expect mostly sunny skies today before the next  pacific frontal system enters our zone early Christmas Day. An upper ridge is expected to develop Wednesday evening and bring drier weather for the rest of the week. Drier does not always mean sunnier so we may have to wait until Saturday for a fix of vitamin D. For the quesstimates: 0 cm today, 3-5 Christmas Day, 3-5 Wednesday, 0 cm Thursday, 0 cm Friday.

Avalanche control yesterday on Blackcomb produced variable results, mostly size 1 Xe and 1 size 1.5 Xe.

For the updated avalanche advisory: Local Advisory

Avalanche Control and Poachers; A story worthy of a read: Kim Kircher Blog, Crystal Mountain WA

Inbounds Avalanche at Squaw Valley: 3 Involved

Authorities angry with winter hikers on Grouse Grind: Avalanche Danger

Bridger Range, looking windy: Thin and Weak

Large avalanche buries road: Highway between Russia & Ossetia

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

Early morning top of Solar Coaster