2 Feb 2013

If you were in the valley yesterday morning, you were below the cloud layer.

As the day progressed the clouds dissipated and gave us yet another fantastic day.

At 2284 meters the temperature was 0, winds were 20-30 KPH from the SSE. At 1650 meters the temperature was +1, no new snow recorded there. In the valley it was -4. Observations taken at 06:00.

For the forecast the ridge of high pressure will give us sunny skies and warmer temperatures for today. The ridge will drift eastward for tomorrow and a very weak front will bring clouds and flurries later in the day. Right back to unsettled weather, Monday is looking like a blah day, Early Tuesday morning into Wednesday a more active front will approach our area. Moderate precipitation during this period could change the surface, but the ridge looks like it will build for Thursday. No guesstimates today, uncertain of amounts, will have some by tomorrow.

The Peak to Valley went off very well yesterday and today should be another great day for racing. Lets hope the inversion has little effect on the course. It will certainly be hard on the bottom half.

For the updated local avalanche advisory: Whistler Mountain Snow Safety

From the CAA, Trip Planning: Cloudburst Mountain Area

Study tracks impacts to Southern Hemisphere jet stream : Penn State

Colorado snowpack increases by 17 % in one week: Encouraging

Surface hoar was liking yesterday, solar aspects today will be forming some nice sun crusts. Will be interesting to see what happens if we do get 20-30 cm on Tuesday & Wednesday.

Yesterday afternoon brought some nice looking light.

And for Jefferson, yet another nice sunset. Will have to count how many great sunsets we had in January!!?

Here are some photos sent in from Braden Douglas, a few days ago skiing in the Spearhead area:

Hey Wango,

Just to prove there is still powder to be found out there. East facing aspects in the spearhead have been loaded by North west winds, and was good skiing yesterday. No avalanche obs, some big cornices hanging off Decker though. Ice cave near the toe of the Decker glacier.