19 Mar 2013

Flurries in the morning and afternoon depending on where you were. Early on Blackcomb this am.

Unsettled weather but great skiing and no crowds.

Flock of swans passing by yesterday morning.

At 2240 meters the temperature was -13, winds were 0-15 KPH from the ESE. At 1650 meters the temperature was -11, no new snow over night. In the valley it was -4. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs.

For the forecast we can expect mostly high cloud to start the day, increasing cloud cover as the day progress as a significant low pressure develops off the coast. A warm front approaches our area for this evening. Freezing level to rise to around 1250 meters on Wednesday and then a cold front follows with freezing levels dropping back down to 450 meters by Thursday. The models are conflicting on the snow amounts and it appears the convergence zone will be south of us, but there is a possibility that might change. Strong winds will be here this evening into Wednesday. Thursday looks unsettled with some light snow followed by some possible ridging by Friday into Saturday. Guesstimates: Tuesday 0, Wednesday 20-25 cm by 14:30, Thursday 10-15 cm, Friday 5-8cm Probability of these amounts changing is high.

For the updated local avalanche advisory: Blackcomb Snow Safety

Snowboarder triggers an avalanche in Colorado by walking too close to a cornice: Close Call

American group strives to eliminate avalanche deaths: Project Zero

Estes Park man killed in an avalanche in Rocky Mountain National Park: Colorado

World Snow Overview: Snowforecast.com

Colorado ski industry enjoys protection from law, waivers: Summit Daily

The crowds were enjoying the skiing/boarding in the Blackcomb Glacier.

The snow and wind in the past few days have enhanced the cornice growth.

Great looking plate stellar's, 2-4 mil, from the flurries we have been experiencing.

There were lots of fresh turns to be had yesterday.