21 Mar 2013

First thing yesterday morning the snow was coming down at 2 cm per hour.

From 06:30 t0 12:00 it snowed 11 cm. 

Strong winds and constant precipitation contributed to the closing of the alpine lifts. 

At 2240meters the temperature was-14, winds were 10-20 KPH from the ESE. At 1650 meters the temperature was -9, 4 cm of new snow was recorded there overnight. In the valley it was -1. Observations taken at 06:00 this morning.

For the forecast, a cool moist air mass is in our zone for today with flurries this am and light snow this afternoon, sunny periods possible. The West Northwest flow will bring unsettled weather into our area Friday and Saturday. A drier Northwest flow will dominate for Sunday as an upper ridge establishes itself into early next week. Guesstimates: Today 2-4 cm Friday morning 0-2 cm Friday Day 0-2 cm Possible flurries Saturday and Sunday with a mix of sun and cloud. Monday mostly sunny into Tuesday.

For the local updated avalanche advisory: Blackcomb Snow Safety

First day of Spring: March 20, 2013

Avalanche Bulletin from Tirol: Austria

Massive snow crater forms at falls bottom : Mount Hakusan, Japan

Off Piste snowboarder caught in avalanche near Chamonix: France

Avalanche control at Sunshine Village: No Boundaries

Not much information but this was out there from March 20, 2013. 
  • Police attended Shames Mountain Resort in response to an activation of a SPOT emergency beacon. Several skiers had been buried in an avalanche and were rescued by another group of skiers. One of the rescuers had activated the beacon. All were flown back to the resort by helicopter where the injured were treated. No one had to be transported to the hospital.
There were some very easily initiated soft slabs yesterday from size 1-2 in  our avalanche terrain. 

At times the fractures would propagate a fair distance. 

Wave like snow drift, it was even slightly curled.

There was even some blue sky yesterday afternoon.

And some grey sky.