24 Mar 2014

March 24, 2014

    Whistler SAR responded to an avalanche incident yesterday in the Spearhead Range.  Binty Photo

Hi Wango                                                                                                                           Binty Photo
A few shots for you from the slide on Diavolo, one of the 2 guys went for a 2000ft ride and walked away with a broken ski....

                                                                                                                                           Binty Photo

    First light on Whistler Mountain Sunday morning.

    A band of stratus cloud yesterday morning dissipated quickly.

   Awesome morning, a few clouds around but pretty much Blue Bird.

    Some clouds did move in around mid day.

    Sunset March 23, 2014.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Mike Sadan Photo
Hi Wayne, picture of a natural that pulled out in the past days on Zig Zag, Ryan River drainage that I took today. Likely on the Feb 10 layer. 2 meter fracture line. That’s our normal ski line except for the crevasses this year. Mike

Weather observations for March 24, 2014; taken at 06:00 hrs this am.

2240 meters      -  6, Winds were 15-25 KPH from the SSW
2180 meters        -5, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the S
1860 meters        -4, Winds were 5-15 KPH from the SSE
1835 meters        -4, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the ESE
1650 meters        -4, No new snow, Base 248 cm
1550 meters        -3, No new snow, Base 198 cm
  660 meters         0, Valley Temperature, Max temp yest +8.3

For the forecast, unsettled conditions for today as the upper level ridge is displaced by a cold front moving in this evening with precipitation until Tuesday. High clouds may break at noon with more cloud to follow later today. An upper level trough will move from offshore into our zone Wednesday with moist weather into Thursday. A strong Southwest flow will bring a wet pattern to the area for Friday through Saturday.  The series of shortwave troughs will bring light precipitation from Tuesday to Thursday. All models are in agreement for a wetter period developing for Friday into Saturday.  Guesstimates: 1-2 cm by Tuesday morning, 5-8 cm by Wednesday morning, 2-4 cm by Thursday morning, 2-4 cm by Friday morning, 10-12 cm by Saturday morning.

Presently in the alpine, high clouds with unlimited visibility.

Avalanche activity in the corridor ranged from size 1 to 3.5. Cornice failures have caused some size 3 avalanches, natural avalanche created a size 3, skier accidental in the Spearhead yesterday, many size 1 ski cuts, a few size 2 ski cuts, some size 1 wet loose avalanches on SW aspects reported.

    Clouds heading our way for today.

    Moisture will get here eventually today.

8 people dead, many unaccounted for in land slide: Washington State

One man killed in avalanche near Snoqualmie Pass: Granite Mountain Washington State

Freeride VS Slalom: Pistehors.com

South Coast-Inland: CAC Avalanche Forecast

OMG, Its winter again: CAC Forecasters Blog

    Different view of the Comb.

    Surface hoar has grown significantly in the past 2 days.

    Going for it!

    Nice slash!!

    More hucking yesterday.

    Sticks and snow.

    Size 1 surface sluffs, Sc March 23, 2014.

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