13 Apr 2013

    Great looking morning yesterday, did not take long for the cold front to roll in.

    Leading edge of the front.

At 2240 meters the temperature was -11, winds were 5-15 KPH from the S. At 1650 meters the temperature was -8, 10 cm of new snow was reported there over night, 15 cm in the past 24 hours. In the valley it was -1. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs this Am.

For the forecast the cold front passed through last night giving way to a cool upper trough associated with a westerly flow aloft. Unsettled conditions can be expected until Wednesday. The trough should shift on Sunday bringing  a moist north west flow. Clouds, sun, and flurries for the next few days.
There is the possibility of some electrical activity on Sunday. Freezing levels will range from 850 meters today and gradually climb up to 1650 meters on Tuesday Afternoon. Guesstimates Saturday flurries, Sunday flurries, Monday chance of flurries, Tuesday flurries

For the updated local avalanche advisory: Whistler Mountain Snow Safety

Rare On-the-Job Death for Avalanche Forecaster: Utah

Avalanche off Taconnaz Glacier, Chamonix: France

State investigating avalanche death of UDOT Specialist: Air Bag Deployed

April 12-21, 2013 World Ski and Snowboard Festival: Schedule

The snow arrived yesterday at around 11:00 Hrs.

The crew has made one of the most rad courses too date. Terrain Park April 12

Slope style finals are: Qualifiers April 14, 2013 (10:35- 3 Pm) Finals April 15 (10:35-3 Pm)

Snowed to the valley yesterday.

Satellite picture from yesterday around 18:00 Hrs

Picture and text from Lee Lau: April 8, 2013
Got early start but not early enough to beat the rad-gnar of the Renegade Heli Peak Chair crew who landed 6 on Stonecrop.

P-lot start at 7.30am to mitigate rising temps.  Looked at Matier but the afternoon heat worried us a tad.  Scootched over to Spetch but the face was windslabbed.   Headed over to Stonecrap.  -5 at summit, light winds from SW.  First 50m from summit had slight wind slab but firm below.  Rest of slope skied boot top to knee deep.  Sluff was just top 10cms so easy to manage.  Some whumphing on the flat glacier approach to Stonecrop but no activity or noise present on slopes.   Naturals (sz1's) off Joffre (S facing aspects).  NW and NE slopes not sun-affected even at 2pm when we exited.

First Joff Lk might have two weeks left at best
our tracks lookers right.