24 Dec 2012

Yesterday was an amazing day that I hope everyone enjoyed! Merry Christmas!!

At 06:00 hrs the temperature was - 12, winds were 20-40 KPH from the ENE at 2260 meters. At 1650 meters the temperature was -8, no new snow was recorded overnight, 0 cm in the past 24 hours. In the valley it is -8.

The front came into our area a little sooner than I thought it would yesterday.

For the forecast the pacific frontal system should give us some fresh snow during the day. Unsettled conditions will prevail until later in the week when we can expect some ridging and sunny skies. For the quesstimates today 3-5 cm, Wednesday 1-2 centimetres, Thursday 0 Friday 0

For the updated local avalanche advisory: Updated Advisory

Avalanche in California: 1 Fatality

Avalanches in California cause injuries as well: Squaw

Alpine Patroller Buried in Avalanche, in Hospital: Bad day in the Squaw Valley

Interview with an avalanche survivor: Verbier

ACMG Conditions report: Blackcomb Backcountry

Surface Hoar was loving yesterday!! Some stellars were in the mix also !!

From Sharon Bader, observations from the Duffy:
Hi Wayne,

This is Sharon, Lee's wife and cook.

We headed up to Cayoosh today to ski Swivel Chair, the slope between armchair and the access to Million dollar.

We didn't take many obs. There was a HUGE group there the day before, maybe 12 people? We thought it was heli tracks!

No recent avi evidence on Cayoosh, temps at 1950m was -8, wind was cold, sun was hot...

See attached a picture of the WSW slopes of Marriot with a pretty cool looking crown!

ciao for now!

Great picture, thanks and Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has a great Christmas, be safe and all the best in the New Year.
We do live in an amazing place!!!!