3 Dec 2014

December 3, 2014

    First light on Ipsoot Tuesday Morning! Sunrise was at 07:50 Hours.

    Spindrift Tuesday morning, still reverse loading!! Winds were 40-50 KPH.

    Sunshine on this slope released it on Tuesday Afternoon.

    Chutes are skiing well above 1900 meters.

    Sunset December 2, 2014.




Weather observations for December 3, 2014, taken at 06:00 Hours this am.

2240 meters        0, No wind data
2180 meters      +2, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the NNE
1860 meters      +2, Winds were 5-10 KPH from the NNE
1835 meters      +1, Winds were 10-15 KPH from the E
1650 meters       -4, No new snow, Base 51 cm
1550 meters       -3,  No new snow, Relative Humidity 72% Base 30 cm
  660 meters       -6, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yest -3


    As of 06:45 this am we have clear skies and unlimited visibility.

For the forecast, high pressure aloft will continue to give us nice weather prior to a series of weak fronts moving in from the Southwest later this evening. Some cirrus cloud may form later today. Warm air aloft will bring inverted temperatures as the change in systems occurs. Thursday is looking unsettled with a mix of sun, cloud, and possible flurries by the evening. Friday starts unsettled but by the evening we could see moderate snowfall above the 1800 meter level. Guesstimates: 1-3 cm by Thursday morning and 8-12 cm by Saturday morning. Good chance we will see some decent snow Monday evening with mid mountain freezing levels. All models are presently in agreement that the Westerly-Southwesterly flow next week could bring decent precipitation rates to our zone.





    May see some of that moisture off the coast arrive for this evening.

    Could see some decent precip out of this front on Friday evening.


    Looks like it drys out on Saturday.


    Decent flow by early next week, should intensify by mid week.


ARTICLES:

Snow Cannons carpet local slopes to start ski season: The Province

West Antarctic melt rate has tripled in the past decade: Science Daily

Some of the largest avalanches caught on Film: The Contoller

Weather has been favouring the Southern US : Powderchasers

Be Avalanche Aware: Panhandle Backcountry





    A well established skin line into the Blackcomb Alpine.


    The Cold Full moon will be on December 6, 2014.  

December's Full Moon is called the Full Cold Moon. It is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark.


    Surface Hoar is loving this weather.

Its early in the season, there are many obstacles out of the ski area boundary and conditions are very firm in the boundary. This is not the ride you want, this early in the season. Respect the conditions.


    Small pockets of soft slab yesterday on steep terrain.






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