6 Mar 2016

March 6, 2016

    Bottom of the Wizard Saturday morning, 08:00 Upload. March 5, 2016.

    Good snow above 1600 meters.

    Snow flurries in the morning.

    Breaks in the cloud yesterday morning.

    Tree skiing was very good.

    Line ups not so much!!

    Have never seen it this busy at the bottom of GE.

    Peak chair after it had been open for a while.

    Awesome light in the afternoon.

    Lots of blue later in the day.

    Fracture line in West Bowl, Sz 1-2.5 slabs yesterday with avalanche control.

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

2240 meters     -5, Winds were 35-85 KPH S      --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters     -4, Winds were 45-85 KPH SSW--Whistler Peak 
1860 meters     -3, Winds were 30-60 KPH S      --Rendevous
1835 meters     -3, Winds were 25-60 KPH SSE --Roundhouse 
1650 meters     -1, 8 cm of new snow, 11 cm in 24 hrs, 323 cm Base, RH 98%    --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -1, 9 cm of new snow, 11 cm in 24 hrs, 250 cm Base, RH 98%    --Catskinner
  660 meters    +2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +10.1. 11.6 mm of Precip recorded yest

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

For the forecast, the frontal band last night is moving through with a moist and unstable air mass it its wake. Expect overcast conditions with intermittent light precipitation with the FL hovering around 1200 meters dropping to 800 meters by Sunday night, in a moist SW flow.  Chance of the odd sunny break. Monday, a weak ridge of high pressure builds with unsettled conditions and the possibility of some snow showers.  Another weak front for Tuesday with overcast skies, light precipitation and cooler temperatures. A break possibly Wednesday morning before another weak frontal band brings light/moderate precipitation to the zone into Thursday morning with the FL fluctuating from 1500 meters to a 1000 meters. Models are in disagreement beyond Thursday so stand by. Guesstimates: 10-15 cm by Monday morning, 0-2 cm for Tuesday morning, 5-10 cm for Wednesday morning.

    Heavy precipitation has moved East.

    Overcast today with light precipitation.

    Frontal band last night carries through today.

    Tonight dries our some, then a ridge builds for tomorrow.

    Another weak front for Tuesday.


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    Drying trend yesterday.

   Unsettled weather yesterday.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

    Up to Sz 2.5 yesterday in the ski area, Na Sz 3 observed in the backcountry.

           Sz 2 stiff slab injured a WB Ski Patroller yesterday in West Cirque. Darren Romano Pic

    West Cirque and West Bowl yesterday afternoon. Incident occurred in the morning.

           Snow was deep in certain areas yesterday.

    Just a bit of rimeing.

    Cool texture in the snow.

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