5 Dec 2013

December 5, 2013

The winds were moving a lot of snow around yesterday morning.

At this location they were sustained 40-50 KPH from the NNE. -15 Deg C but if you were dressed accordingly it was a great day to be out in the mountains.

                                                                                                                          Jeff Van Dreil Photo

Went for a morning creek to peak lap and the arctic outflow winds continue to redistribute Sunday nights snowfall. There is a wide variety of surface conditions, especially sastrugi and small hard slabs.


Avalanche rescue practise on the Horstman Glacier.

Weather observations for December 5, 2013 taken at 06:00 Hrs.
2160 meters    -14, winds were 10-20 KPH from the N
1860 meters    -15, winds were 0-5 KPH from the E
1835 meters    -16, winds were 0-10 KPH from the ESE
1650 meters    -15, no new snow, Base 86 cm
1550 meters    -13, no new snow, Base 55 cm
  660 meters    -13,  Valley Temp

For the forecast the trough moving down the coast will allow some clouds into our area for today but it is unlikely there will be any precip, presently its clear with unlimited visibility. This dry and cold
weather pattern will persist into next week. Looking at the long range models there will be some cloud move in to our zone for Tuesday with the chance of some light snow on Wednesday. Only time will tell !! In the meantime bundle up enjoy the weather, colder temperatures for tomorrow. Winds have abated for today so it will seem much warmer than yesterday.

Snow pack in France more complicated than last year: Pistehors.com

Will Fire's from the summer affect Avalanche Season: Idaho

Tree Well Deaths account for 20 % of Ski Area fatalities: Deep Snow Safety.org

Lone Mountain Avalanche: Big Sky Avalanche Control

Staying Alive; Avalanche talk tonight in: Revelstoke

Low pushes into our zone for Saturday in this model. Still cold but dry.

Satellite image from early yesterday afternoon.

Some happy properly equipped backcountry enthusiasts.

First time I have seen someone boot hike up here, its hard to be surprised anymore!!

People are still getting out and going for season firsts.

Alpen Glow on Mount Currie. Tall towers of the Crystal Chair.

Sunset December 4, 2013.

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