27 Nov 2015

November 27, 2015

    Photo of Fatwah Couloir, 2 brothers survive 2 avalanches in CO, story below.      Casey Cane Pic

    Full Moon setting Thursday November 26, 2015.

    Thanks to Simon Thomson for these images and observations from Wednesday. Simon Pic

Quick tour around the Blackcomb backcountry Nov 25Th  with Brent Phillips and Nick Velan.  Variable snow distribution on Spearhead Gl. from 50cm to 150cm snow depth.  Difficult travel with lots of sags and open crevasses.  Good mid boot top snow on the glacier.  Skiing down Husume was marginal with 10cm breakable stiff slab overlaying loose snow.  Lots of old fracture lines visible from previous cycle up to size 2.5.  Most scrubbing down to glacial ice.  One quick pit near top of East Col, 80cm HS, showed CTM sudden results in facets below a crust 60cm down.  It’s still early! Simon

    Pit on East Col near Dean's Adieu.                                                                                                  Simon Thomson Pic

    Back side of Husume and Carona                                                                    Simon Thomson Pic

    Lots of folks heading out for some exercise.

    Happy Park People!!

    Nasty High pressure.

    A serious blocking pattern!!

    Sunset Thursday.

Weather Observations for November 27, 2015: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      +2, Winds were 10-20 KPH NNE   --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters        0, Winds were 20-30 KPH SSW  --Whistler Peak
1860 meters      +3, Winds were 10-20 KPH NW  --Rendevous
1835 meters      +2, Winds were 5-15 KPH S  --Roundhouse
1650 meters      +1, 0 cm of new, 80 cm Base, Relative Humidity 22%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters      +2, 0 cm of new, 50 cm Base  --Catskinner 
  660 meters       -9, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +0.2.

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

For the forecast, the strong blocking upper level high will continue giving us dry and stable weather into the weekend. North to Northeast flow will shift to offshore flow with a significant temperature
inversion for the next two days. Freezing level will reach above 3000 meters for Friday and Saturday, slowly descending to around 1000 meters by Monday evening.  Long range models are now looking like the next frontal system will move onshore for Tuesday/Wednesday but more on that as we get closer.  Enjoy the nice weather.

    RRR hanging into the weekend.

    High pressure will begin to move Eastward on Sunday/Monday.

    Change is expected Tuesday into Wednesday. Hopefully for all of next week.


How to build a Quinzhee Shelter: Jim Baird

Mt Cook skier captures glacier collapse: Ryan Taylor

Sony--Best ski line of 2015: James Heim


Brothers survive "massive" avalanche near Telluride: Colorado

Another article on the above story: Telluride, CO

Fetch & Deposition: CSAC

Climate Change means Rocky Patches for Canadian Skiers, Snowboarders: HuffingtonPost

Recent snows prompt avalanche avoidance advice: Montana

    First time I have ever seen a boot pack up OverBite.

    Some good looking snow in Smoked Salmon.

    Blackcomb Bowl.

    Alpin Glow Thursday evening.

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