18 Jan 2013

The sunrise yesterday morning did not disappoint. The start to another amazing day on the mountain.

At 2260 meters the temperature was -3, winds were 15-30 KPH from the S. At 1650 meters the temperature was +.5, no new snow. In the valley it is -7. Observations taken at 06:00 hrs.

Winds at 2260 meters were 30-50 KPH from the S-SSE most of the night.

For the forecast expect some clouds, mostly sun , and cooler temperatures in the alpine. The weekend is looking warmer, with the freezing level going to 3000 meters by Sunday afternoon. Should see some snow flurries by Tuesday afternoon, with 5-8 cm by Wednesday morning. Light snow should prevail for Wednesday.  Good Bye High Pressure!!

For the updated avalanche advisory : Whistler Snow Safety

Drop by the top of Solar Coaster on Blackcomb this Saturday and Sunday for Avalanche Awareness days. The avalanche information centre is between the top of Solar Lift and the entrance to the Peak to Peak lift.

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The giant warm air mass to the North of us and the frigid temperatures to the South of us are consistent with a changing global climate. Pretty interesting considering its winter in the northern hemisphere. As of yesterday things are shifting to a more normal state.

Not much avalanche related news, so here is something on Lift Accidents: Your Worse Nightmare

Winter 12/13 US & International Ski Mountaineering/Uphill Races: Get Fit Fast

East Coast Avalanche, Mt. Washington: Three people involved

2 Avalanche Fatalities in Kashmir: India

Early yesterday morning it looked like the clouds were going to take over, but a hole remained over us most of the day.

As soon as it warms up just a few degrees things change, like this roof avalanche! At 06:00 this morning the temperature at 1550 meters was +1.5, at 12:00 it spiked to +4.5 and then fell back to +1 at 18:00 Hours.

The winds at 2260 meters to about 2100 meters were consistent most of the day at 40-60 KPH from the South to East South East from 08:30 to 16:00 Hours.

Even though it has not snowed in sometime there was lots of wind transported snow flowing through the mountains yesterday. Gullies were smoothing out with the wind transported snow giving us a nice surface.

The sunset was equally as spectacular as the sunrise.

Sunset looking North West.

Areas with a shallow snowpack have very loose facets around the rocks.