4 Mar 2013

Yesterday morning was very beautiful! It had that look that there would be advection as the day progressed.

A snow cat was clearing snow at the top of 7 Th heaven and released this avalanche below the Horstman Hut.

At 2284 meters the temperature was -12, winds were 0-10 KPH variable from the N to NE. At 1650 meters the temperature was -10, there was no new snow reported there over night. In the past week we have received 124 cm at that location. In the valley it was -6. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs.

For the forecast the ridge of high pressure will continue today, a few clouds this afternoon,  with a weak front entering our area tonight into Tuesday with very light snow accumulations for tomorrow. (A few Centimetres) There is some discrepancies in the models for the end of the week but for now it looks to be a dry week. The upper level ridge will dominate with a mix of sun and cloud and the occasional flurry for the rest of the week.

There were a natural and skier accidental avalanche yesterday in the area. Use caution in steep rocky terrain, the sun will also be a factor today.

For the local updated Avalanche Advisory: Blackcomb Snow Safety

Snowboarder dies another rescued after Colorado Avalanche: Routt National Forest

Northern Japan buried under snow: Too Much Snow

Group interaction in High Risk Situations: Interesting Read

Are you a participant in decision making or a victim: Avalanche Education

Below are a series of shots taken yesterday during avalanche control, most of the activity was on steep, rocky terrain that is usually not accessed.

The great weather we experienced yesterday certainly brought out the enthusiastic skiers\riders.
The keeners were lined up early in anticipation of the alpine lifts opening.

There is always lots of work to do after a 2 day storm. Just moving drifted snow around requires a lot of effort.

The snow was very nice yesterday!!

There will be some great backcountry skiing today.