6 Mar 2013

Clouds had moved in by day break.

By noon the front was in our area and light snow began to fall.

At 2240 meters the temperature was -9, winds were 5-15 KPH from the ENE. Maximum wind speed there overnight was 20KPH. At 1650 meters the temperature was -6, 4 cm of new snow was recorded there. In the valley it was -1. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs.

For the forecast we will see another unsettled day with the possibility of an isolated flurry and some sunny breaks. The upper level low is sliding eastward allowing ridging to give us unsettled weather for Thursday. Drier for Friday and Saturday, still the likelihood of some cloud and even isolated flurries. A warm front will move into the area on Sunday with light to moderate snow falling into Tuesday. Moderate snowfall is likely early Tuesday morning with the possibility of 10-15 cm by Wednesday morning of next week. Perhaps we will see less unsettled conditions next week?!!

For the local updated avalanche advisory: Blackcomb Snow Safety

Avalanche Safety for Snowmobilers: Snow Tracs

Families of Tuva teens missing in avalanche to get compensation: Russia

Seven Dead after avalanches : Europe

Missing teen found safe near Maine Ski Resort: Carrabasset Valley

Five teens recovered from avalanche debris: Russia

Four climbers swept away by avalanche in France: France

Traverse pillow just below the Spanky's Traverse, People are jumping off the cliff into start zones, the first air puppy had no consequences, the second onto the thinner snow pack released in the rocky unsupported terrain. Luckily no one was under the avalanche which did not run very far. No burial or injuries.

Thin crust on steep East facing slopes at around 2000 meters. Facets are just below the crust.

Also found a 4F layer 20 cm thick below a 30 cm 1F layer on steep unskied north facing chutes at 1860 meters.

 The ball in the sky shining through some thin cloud layers.

Got some intel from the slide off the South Buttress of Blackcomb Peak, it was released by a snowboarder coming off the ramp, good thing there was no one in Body Bag Bowl at that time!!

Another skier accidental on the south side of disease ridge, apparently on the same day( March 4) at around 17:00 hours, an avalanche occurred just to the south side of Ninth Hole, the person involved was buried up to his neck, no injuries. This photo is of another Sa lower on the slope.

 One of the colder places along the rescue road coming out of Blackcomb Glacier.