10 Feb 2013

First ride up yesterday morning the cloud was dense and moist, there were a few small holes but it took most of the day for the significant cloud layer to dissipate.

At 2284 meters the temperature was -3, winds were 10-20 KPH from the E. Winds here overnight pretty much covered the right side of the compass, from North to South from 10 to 45 KPH.  At 1650 meters the temperature was-3, no new snow recorded there. In the valley it was -7. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs.

The forecast is unchanged, the ridge of high pressure is here and there will be periods of unsettled weather while it dominates our area. For today we can expect mostly sunny skies, a weak front from the North West will slide into the area bringing cloudy skies, a slightly stronger front will arrive for Tuesday and Wednesday bringing the chance of some flurries. The dirty ridge will re-establish itself for Wednesday. Deja Vu.

For the local updated avalanche advisory: Blackcomb Snow Safety

Interesting layers where a snow cat undermined the slope and these layers were the result.

Avalanche buries 6 tourists in North West Russia: Murmansk Region

Photos from the Field: Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

Doppelmayer builds a six person lift with partial solar power: Golm, Austria

Avalanche Warnings issued for parts of BC for the long weekend: Canadian Avalanche Centre

The snowiest spot in the world is?: Cauterets, France

Current Snow Survey and Water Supply bulletin: BC Government

South Coast Mountains; Avalanche and Snowpack Observations: ACMG Mountain Conditions

This day in 1970, an avalanche struck the resort of Val d'Isere: Worst avalanche disaster in French history

Surface Hoar and critter tracks at the bottom of Blackcomb Glacier.

Surface Hoar development West aspect below tree line on Whistler Mountain.

The cloud layer made for a great light diffuser.

By the end of the day the view from the valley was unobscurred.

This was the view from above mid day.