16 Jan 2013

The valley cloud eventually burned off but it certainly obscured the valley from the sun yesterday morning. The stratus clouds did burn off early morning.

At 2280 meters the temperature was 0, winds were 5-20 KPH from the W. At 1650 meters(Pig Alley) the temperature was 0, no new snow there. In the valley it is -6. Observations taken at 06:00.

For the forecast the ridge will persist for the foreseeable future. Temperatures in the alpine should cool off a bit in the next two days then start to warm up again for the week end. Freezing level should hover around 1000 m by Thursday and then climb back to 3000 M  by Sunday. Some encouraging news, the GFS and EURO models are agreeing on the possible breaking down of the ridge next Tuesday. Lets hope so!!!

For the local updated avalanche advisory: Whistler Snow Safety

How electronics interfere with transceivers: Backcountry Boarder

Rescue Training Center: Wasatch Backcountry Rescue

Elk Mountain Avalanche Incident Report: January 9, 2013

Interesting chat group on Colorado Court Case: Telemark Talk Forum

Pyrenees on "Red"Alert after avalanche warning: From "The Local"

Thanks to Toby Salin for this photo from the slide that went to Circle Lake on Friday January 11.
Taken from Decker.

Its always nice getting out of the moist cold layer and hitting warmer temperatures.

North Face Park & Pipe Open, January 14-17, 2013. Should be an awesome day for the park contest today. Lots of talented athletes to come and watch.

Sunset was not as spectacular as the 14Th, but still some nice silhouettes.

Here is a picture of a Steller's Fish Eagle with his wings spread.
Information on this bird: Wikipedia