21 Nov 2014

November 21, 2014

    This image corresponds to the same time frame as the satellite image below. Thursday at noon.

    This group will be glad when Saturday comes.

    Clouds broke for a short period of time by days end Thursday.

Weather observations for November 21, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters       -3, Winds were 30-50 KPH from the S
1860 meters    -1.5, Winds were 25-45 KPH from the ESE
1550 meters        0,  Relative Humidity 99.5%
  660 meters      +3, Valley Temperature, Max Temp Yest was +5.7, 1.6 mm of rain recorded

    As of 07:00 Hours it was overcast, snowing lightly with limited visibility.

For the forecast, a pacific storm is upon us, but most of the energy is South of our Zone. We can expect light to moderate precipitation rates in a Westerly flow with the freezing level hovering around 1600 meters. Models are uncertain as far as the near future goes, so stand by. Still favouring the 10-15 cm guesstimate by Saturday morning. Hope I am wrong, we can certainly use as much as we can get!! Saturday looks unsettled at this time with mostly cloudy skies and occasional breaks to the blue.  An occluded front moves through on Sunday with light precipitation and freezing levels around 1200 meters. Still favourable for some slightly above average seasonable temps early next week with some weak fronts pushing through. Looks like a warmer air mass for Tuesday with heavy precipitation, lets hope that goes South.

    Westerly flow with some decent precip for today.

    Certainly enough moisture in the Pacific!! Yesterdays big picture.

        Looks like most of the precipitation is heading South. Even California looks wet.

    Precipitation for today.

Video Friday's:

How to wax your Ski's: Rated adult

67 meter jump, off a ski jump on a snowmobile: Sweden

Wing Suit and Speed Kite join in mid flight: Norway

The next generation of Airbags: Kind of like the James Bond Avalanche Bag

Massive cliff huck on a sled: Curtis Ciszek


Macro Snowflake: Alexey Kljatov

Some news from Nepal: Permit Issues

Kinds of Avalanches: NAC

Wild weather in the Arctic causes problems for people and wildlife: Science Daily

Another article on the Alpride Airbag: Backcountry Skiing Blog

Snowmaking and Changing Weather Patterns: The Arc'teryx Blog

Some intel from 2075m, N asp 140 cm on firn, no significant results DF/FCxr down 30
CTM 11 brk below RC. Nov 20, 2014 Thanks

Will RFID Interfere With Other Electronics
Q: Will RFID technology interfere with my wireless technology such as avalanche beacons?
Answer: The radio frequencies used by RFID are assigned by regulatory agencies around the world to help ensure that no interference occurs. Avalanche beacons operate on 457kHz, have heard that some RFID cards are in the 13 MHZ range. Will try to find out the frequency of Whistler Blackcomb RFID Passes?

    Sproat mountain yesterday morning, light precip and obscured.

    Sweet ride through the cloud in the new Whistler Gondola!! Will be some interesting photo opps!!!

    Just before sunset which was 16:22 yesterday. A brief glimpse of the mountains.

With 25 cm at 1650 on the ground, pay attention to all the signs out there, its a long season you do not want to be needing directions to here.  Have fun, but look around!! Ski and Ride Responsabilly .

Starting next January World Cup racers will be able to wear inflatable airbags. It is a similar system used by motorbike racers that inflate in high-speed crashes and offer support to the head and neck.
The system has been developed by Italian manufacturer, Dainese, in coordination with the International Ski Federation, FIS. It has three accelerometers, three gyroscopes, a GPS, and onboard electronics that collect all the data and deploy the airbags before a racer crashes into the ground.
They will used for the first time at a World Cup events in the women’s downhill in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, on January 10th.
The men will use it for the first time at the Lauberhorn in Wengen, Switzerland, the following weekend.
“History is what drives the future,” International Ski Federation (FIS) secretary general Sarah Lewis told The Associated Press on Tuesday after the approval was announced. “So the lessons learned from different crashes in the past are used as the basis to improve the situation in the future.”

Free riders could use these!! Maybe insurance companies will require everyone to wear one!!!!

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