21 Feb 2013

The front rolled up the valley yesterday giving us a whopping 1 cm of new snow by 14:30 Hrs.

A vent hole in Ruby Bowl creating some interesting looking crystals.

At 2284 meters the temperature was -9, winds were 30-50 KPH from the SSW. At 1650 meters the temperature was -5, 3 cm of new snow was recorded there with 4 cm in the past 24 hours. In the valley it is 0. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs. 

For the forecast the system presently in the area will give us light snow for today. A slightly more vigorous system will bring moderate snow fall for Friday with some drier unsettled weather moving in for Saturday. Another front will give us moderate snowfall amounts for Sunday into Monday. More snow on Tuesday. The series of cold and warm fronts with the occasional dry spell is here until next week. Guesstimates Today 2-4 by 14:30, Friday 10-15 by 14:30, Saturday 2-4 by 14:30. Light snow Sunday(2-4) with the possibility of 10-15 by Monday afternoon at 14:30 Hrs.

For the updated  local avalanche advisory: Blackcomb Snow Safety

Prince's do not seem to have much luck in Europe, perhaps they should check out Whistler: Prince Injured

Photo's from the field: Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

Skier escapes injury in avalanche: Flathead River Drainage, Montana

New law to fine skiers for going outside ski area Boundary: New Hampshire

Soldier killed in an avalanche: Valloire, France

Gurez avalanche fatality from buried vehicle: Kashmir, India

On the topic of ethics and where the Whistler Community should go with this, here is an example of what Wild Snow have posted on their blog: The Backcountry Skiing Blog

Hope to get more local input so we can have a similar code of ethics published for our area. Back in 1980 some of these very same statements were being taught!!

The sun did try to come out near the end of the day!

After skiing Outer Limits its very obvious we need 40-60 cm in the next while to fix the skiing.

Mean while in the valley snow making is keeping the surface fresh .