7 Jan 2013

At times yesterday it was snowing way harder in the valley than it was at either weather plot on Whistler/Blackcomb. Makes you think about the variable distribution of snowfall?

As of 06:00 hrs the temperature was -6 at 2280 meters and the winds were 30-45 KPH from the East.
At 1650 meters(PA) the temperature was -4, 9 cm overnight with 11 cm in the past 24 hrs. In the valley it is 0. Winds last night maxed out at 50 KPH but 25-45 most of the evening from the E.

For the forecast the precipitation should continue this morning easing up by this afternoon. A wetter and stronger system will impact our area Tuesday into Tuesday Evening. An upper trough will develop for Wednesday and Thursday giving us unsettled conditions. Guesstimates: 3-5 today, 2-4 Tonight,
8-12 Tuesday, 12-16 Tuesday night, 5-8 for Wednesday, 6-10 Wednesday Night, possible clearing on Thursday but that could change.

For the updated Local Avalanche Advisory: Whistler Advisory

12 climbers missing in Japan: Climbers Found

Update on avalanche in Bridger Bowl: Cuts & Bruises

Roof avalanches could certainly kill you, here is some slow motion video, apparently this type of avalanche kills many Japanese Seniors in the mountains, 152 people died of snow related accidents in 2005-2006 in Japan: Crushed , Buried, No Thanks

Had to post this, Air Bag for sale in Saskatchewan: $600.00

Respect for Mother Nature helps ensure a safe snow experience, this is a real pet peeve for me, if you do not respect mother nature and the mountain culture perhaps you should not be there: RESPECT

Alyeska Resort Tramway Damaged, high winds: New Years Eve

New merger just announced: K2 Sports acquires BCA

The tree skiing today was not so bad despite the tree bombs at the upper elevations. Good lower down still!!

Winds can certainly dictate what can stay opened. Max wind today at Horstman Hut 60 KPH S-SSE at 2280 meters at 11:45, Max wind on Whistler Peak 2180 meters 60 KPH S-SSW at 12:45.

Lots of snow on the trees in the valley. They are having a rough time of it! Snow conditions in the valley certainly changed with the freezing level shift yesterday.

Any guesses where this is???

Big pillows on the catchment structure.