16 Mar 2013

Yesterday morning felt like there might be a break in the weather, and it was a pretty nice day.

There was a lot of rime at 2240 meters.

At 2240 meters the temperature was -6, winds were 15-30 KPH from the E. At 1650 meters the temperature was -2, 5 cm of new snow fell there over night. In the valley it was +3. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs.

For the forecast, an upper trough will bring snow and cooler temperatures for today into Sunday. Monday is looking unsettled with some possible sunny breaks. Another frontal system pushes on shore for Tuesday into Wednesday before a weak high pressure builds for Thursday and Friday. Freezing level should drop later tonight and it looks like we will experience more seasonable weather for the next while. Guesstimates: Today 3-5 cm, Sunday 6-8 cm, Monday 0 cm, Tuesday 1-3 cm, Wednesday 15-20 cm

For the local updated avalanche advisory : Whistler Mountain Snow Safety

Avalanche control on Blackcomb yesterday produced up to size 2.5 avalanches at around  2000 meters.

Overnight skiing to benefit avalanche forecasters: Canyons Resort

Great video on small wet avalanches: Galatin Avalanche Guys

French hiker dies in an avalanche in Andorra: Spain

Yesterday there was a 1 cm breakable crust at around 1800 meters. Wide skis faired better than narrower ones.

Hi Wayne. Thought I'd pass this along, in case you may be interested..

Found a big result from the last storm cycle while visiting the Phelix Creek area. The pics show this slide reaching the roadside at the first bridge on Phelix Crk, originating from the peak SE of Mt. Taillefer. This ripper would've started up to 3700 ft higher than where it ended! You can see the bowl that went, its right behind Todd's head.

Cheers, Don Saugstad