6 Feb 2016

February 6, 2016

    A snow biker has been killed in an avalanche in Colorado, story in article section.        CAIC Photo

    Strong winds most of the day. Crystal did open for a while then the winds increased in the PM.

    Tree skiing at 1300 meters was great on Friday, February 5, 2016.

    It rained hard in the valley yesterday.

    Snowing hard at 1200 meters yesterday afternoon.

    Wet snow fell at 1000 meters all day.

    Considering the lift closures the lift lines were pretty good.

Weather Observations for February 6, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -9, Winds were 30-40 KPH SSW   --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -9, Winds were 40-60 KPH SSW   --Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -8, Winds were 10-25 KPH SE       --Rendevous
1835 meters     -6, Winds were 25-45 KPH SW      --Roundhouse
1650 meters     -6, 40 cm of new snow, 60 cm in 24 hrs, 248 cm Base, RH 100%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -5, 34 cm of new snow, 52 cm in 24 hrs, 206 cm Base        --Catskinner 
  660 meters      0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +3.2. 24.7 mm of Precip recorded

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have broken skies, variable visibility and snowing very lightly.

For the forecast, a weak upper trough will pass through early this am with the possibility of some isolated flurries in a Northwesterly flow with unsettled conditions. A weak ridge will build during the day with offshore flow and some clouds in the mix. On Sunday a weak warm front brushes our zone with overcast conditions, snow flurries in the morning changing to rain showers in the afternoon with a FL starting at 1000 meters rising to 2200 meters by Sunday night. Monday at this time is looking unsettled in the morning, with some rain showers in the pm and a FL reaching 3000+ meters. The ridge will rebuild Monday night with some sunshine and cloud + warm temperatures for Tuesday. Another weak warm front moves onshore for Wednesday, but more on that as we get closer.

    Ridging will bring unsettled conditions for today.

    System moved East by sunrise.

    Ridging for Tuesday with warm temperatures moving in from the South.  Front for Wednesday.


A snow biker was killed in an avalanche yesterday in Colorado: CAIC

Avalanche Canada renewing calls for safety as intense storm pummels the South Coast: Vancouver

Avalanche wipes out snow measuring equipment: Nevada

Man injured in an avalanche near Jackson Hole: Disappointment Peak

Avalanche control will cause delays today on several BC Highways: InfoNews.ca

Avalanche victim couldn't deploy airbag in time in fatal slide: Montana

    Awesome system yesterday. Cold enough to keep the snow line at 750 meters.

    Front with a Southerly draw yesterday.

    Almost snowing at Base 2.

    Even JC was closed by 15:00 Hours. 80-90 KPH winds at 1860 meters. 100-180 KPH at 2240 M.

    Dumping in the afternoon at 1000 meters.

    From 06:30 to 14:30 yesterday, we received 18 cm at 1550 meters on Blackcomb. 188 cm Base.

    Tree skiing yesterday was very good!!!

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