11 Apr 2013

Yesterday morning, good skiing first thing and some welcome new snow.

Depending on aspect and elevation there were some areas with knee deep powder in the morning above 1900 meters.

At 2240 meters the temperature was -7, winds were 20-30 KPH from the E. At 1650 meters the temperature was -3, 1 cm of new snow was recorded there, 13 in the pat 24 hours. In the valley it was +4. Observations taken at 06:00 Hrs this Am.

For the forecast we can expect unsettled conditions for today as a weak upper disturbance and westerly flow will bring flurries and sunny breaks. A short lived upper ridge will build later this afternoon before the next front arrives from the North West Friday. In its wake we will see unsettled conditions for the weekend with cooler temperatures. Guesstimates Today 1-2, Friday 2-4 Saturday 8-10, Sunday 1-2
Freezing levels will range from 850 meters at night to 1450 meters during the day.

For the updated local avalanche advisory: Whistler Mountain Snow Safety

Whistler/Duffy lake Conditions: ACMG Blog April 10, 2013

Slow Motion Avalanche in Switzerland: Right this Minute

Still winter in Zermatt: Planet Ski

New High Speed Camera System reveals what snow looks like in midair: PHYS.ORG

Sochi busy storing snow for 2014 Olympics: Russia

Avalanche kills reporter in Manali: Northern India

At around noon yesterday the front went through and we were back into unsettled weather.

In the afternoon the clouds at mid mountain were still obscuring the valley.

Once the snow in the trees at mid mountain felt the energy of the sun it was like being in a shower under the canopy.

By the end of the day mid level clouds lifted and there were lots of cumulus clouds.