30 Jan 2015

January 30, 2015

    Free riders ignore closure and get caught in an avalanche near Verbier. Story below. Planet ski Pic

    Rock Avalanche on the Hurley. Closed! Story Below.                             IsurvivedtheHurley Pic

    Sunrise was officially at 07:51 on Thursday January 29, 2015. Days are slowly getting longer.

    Just after sunrise on Thursday.

    By 09:00 it was looking blue bird!!?

    By 10:00 Hrs the short wave trough was making for some cloudy skies.

    Blue bird by 13:00 Hours.  Mount Fee, Thursday afternoon January 29, 2015

    Sunset 17:00 on Thursday; January 29. 2015.

Weather Observations for January 30, 2015; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters        -2, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the SSE
2180 meters        -2, Winds were 30-40 KPH from the SW
1860 meters       +1, Winds were 15-25 KPH from the E
1835 meters       +2, Winds were 20-35 KPH from the SW
1650 meters         0, No new new snow, Base 121 cm
1550 meters         0, No new new snow, Base 99 cm,  Relative Humidity 54%.
  660 meters        -4, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday +5.9.

   As of 07:00 Hours we have clear skies to the East and unlimited visibility.

For the Forecast, the upper level ridge and surface ridge will bring mostly clear skies to the area this morning. Some clouds will move in for this morning into this evening. Saturday is looking unsettled with a push of cloud into the area on Saturday evening as the front reaches the coast. Light snow with a freezing level around 1300 meters will begin on Saturday evening and continue into Monday afternoon. A weak ridge will bring unsettled conditions for Monday night into Tuesday night with freezing levels to the valley. Another weak front will bring light snow  to the area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning prior to a weak ridge forming for Wednesday afternoon. Guesstimates: 3-5 cm by Sunday morning, 3-5 cm by Monday morning, 3-5 cm by Tuesday morning.

    Satellite image from Yesterday morning around 10:00 hrs, trough was moving in with some cloud.

    Flow for today. Some cloud will likely enter the area this afternoon.

   Light snow fall from Saturday evening into Monday afternoon.

   Flow will bring unsettled conditions for Tuesday.


Marc McMorris wins gold in Mens Snowboard Slope Style: X Games 2015

Freeride World Tour 2015: The Best of Chamonix

Stability test on persistent facets on a melt freeze crust: Flathead Avalanche Center, Montana

Gigi Ruf caught in an avalanche: Alaska

Snowmobile caught in a small slab: Kootney Country

Coast Mountain Backcountry Report; Jan 28, 2015: Escape Route


Rock avalanche on the Hurley Road: I Survived the Hurley

Avalanches--5 caught near Verbier, 1 fatality: Switzerland

Strongly Sluffed and a Smack in the Ear: Jack Geldard Blog

Jaspers Avalanche crews battle 'Pineapple Express': Parks Canada

Vancouver Ski Resorts struggling with snow scarcity: Shanghai.Daily

    Whistler Bowl and West Bowl on Whistler Mountain. Firm conditions at this time. Is it late for Uller?

    Ice on Alta Lake is probably softer.

    Good day for a game of shinny.

    Its been busy at the clinic for the past few days with the hard conditions.

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