1 Mar 2016

March 1, 2016

    An avalanche in the Kamchatka Peninsula has killed a German Heli-Skier, story below--Net Pic

    There were many keener's yesterday morning.

    Nice light early Monday morning, February 29, 2016.

    Early bird got the goods with some decent light to boot!

    Some Blackcomb Ski Patrollers and the Prime Minister.

    Careful in the bowls where there is lots of buried cornice debris.

    Power flurry yesterday morning.

    Cornices are getting very big.

    There were some great turns to be had on Monday.

    At sweep.

Weather Observations for March 1, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -6, Winds were 15-30 KPH SE   --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -6, Winds were 30-40 KPH SE   --Whistler Peak 
1860 meters     -4, Winds were     0-5 KPH E      --Rendevous
1835 meters     -5, Winds were   5-10 KPH SSE --Roundhouse 
1650 meters     -5, 2 cm of new snow, 3 cm in 24 hrs, 266 cm Base, RH 99%    --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -5, 1 cm of new snow, 2 cm in 24 hrs, 204 cm Base, RH 97%    --Catskinner
  660 meters    +1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +4.8. 1.5 mm of Precip recorded

    As of 07:00 Hours this am we have overcast skies, variable visibility and it is snowing lightly.

For the forecast, a weak warm front is moving through the area early this morning with a more vigorous frontal band later this morning in a SW flow aloft. The FL will start off at around 800 meters and rise to 1400 meters as the front intensifies, there is a chance it could briefly go to 1600 meters. Expect moderate to heavy precipitation today with moderate/strong winds. Wednesday will be overcast with very light precipitation during the day with an impulse of snow during the night with a 1200 meter FL. Thursday is some what benign with very light precipitation during the day and a FL hovering around 1200 meters. Another active front should arrive on Friday into Saturday morning. Guesstimates: 25-30 cm by Wednesday morning, 15-20 cm by Thursday morning, 5-10 cm by Friday morning, 25-35 cm by Saturday morning.

    Looking like a storm day.

    Unfortunately could get warm today.

     Good moisture impulse today.

    Drier and a bit cooler Wednesday.


A German Skier has been killed in an avalanche on the Kamchatka Peninsula: Russia

New Geosphere article examines massive rain induced snow & rock avalanche: Colorado 2014

The Real North American Snow Totals: February 29, 2016

Body of missing skier Carson May recovered at Sugar Bowl Resort: California

Avalanche blocks the only road to Valdez: Alaska

    13:00 Hrs Monday, Front approaching, unsettled in Whistler with snow flurries.

     Drawing some moisture from the South.

    Looks like a Pineapple express is heading to California.

    Thin cloud cover at times yesterday,  with variable visibility.

    1860 meters on Blackcomb.

    1835 meters on Whistler.

    Sophie and Justin Trudeau enjoying some great ski conditions on Blackcomb Monday.

    Fissile is looking good!!

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