28 Jan 2013

The cloud layers were giving us snow in the valley and nothing in the alpine yesterday morning. It eventually changed and was over all another great day on the mountain.

Less than ideal conditions for the Pre Peak to Valley Race yesterday, had to face the demons, will be skiing today.

At 2284 meters the temperature was -11, winds were 5-15 KPH from the SSW. At 1650 meters there was 1 cm of new snow and the temperature was -6.5. In the valley it was -1. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs.

For the forecast we are still in the on going pain of a very unsettled weather system. Expect light snow through out the day. Unsettled for the rest of the week, with a combination of sun, clouds, and light snow. The only significant precip this week may happen Saturday evening, but that's a long time from now. Guesstimates: Today 2-4 cm Tuesday trace-1.  Really difficult to estimate snowfall when the conditions are like this.

Peak to Valley weather update: The models are coming into some agreement, looks like Friday will still be the best day but now it looks good for Saturday morning and afternoon. Stay tuned.

For the local avalanche advisory:  Whistler Mountain Snow Safety

Colorado has its own issues when it comes to persistent weak layers: Vail Daily

Interesting article, you have to be aware of the fact that lots of people die in avalanches after they have inflated their air bag, it is not a life jacket and everyone should do their research:
Knowledge is not power when it comes to avalanches: Situational awareness is power, a life jacket may get you killed

From the ACMG blog, would be nice if someone put there name to the report: Near Country Observations

Snowshoers under estimate dangers from Avalanches: Snowcampers.com

Its great to see the Whistler Mountain Ski Club use the world class facility we have in this valley, we will get some great athletes out of this program!!

The sky did show a bit of blue near the end of the day yesterday. Yes the weather is unsettled!!

In some areas of the valley the snow is still preserved and potentially causing roof issues. Nice to see snow still falling to the valley.

An observation from Callaghan Country, thanks to Brad Sills for the picture: January 27, 2013

This morning's snowfall at bottom of Solitude – Highly reactive
Snow Cat remote trigger 75m away in creek bed

As usual, it appears there is way more snow falling in the Callaghan Valley then here in the Whistler Valley.