18 Apr 2016

April 18, 2016

     Sunday Morning, April 17, 2016. Smooth well groomed snow and not a lot of traffic.

    Early morning ski tourers heading into the backcountry.

    Awesome snow conditions on Sunday.

    Last day of the season for Whistler Mountain.

    Good turns right to the village.

    Fairways on the Whistler Course are looking ready to go.

    A picture of Mount Garibaldi taken from Blackcomb. (200 mm)

    Same shot taken from the Whistler Side. (200 mm)

    Top of the Whistler T-Bars.

Weather Observations for April 18, 2016: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      +7, Winds were  35-65 KPH SE  --Horstman Hut Station
2180 meters      +7, Winds were  45-55 KPH SE  --Whistler Peak 
1860 meters      +8, Winds were  15-25 KPH SE  --Rendevous
1835 meters    +11, Winds were   20-40 KPH SE  --Roundhouse 
1650 meters    +10, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 213 cm Base, RH 38%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters      +9, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 195 cm Base, RH 36%  --Catskinner
  660 meters      +3, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +20.9. 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

   As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have broken cloud and unlimited visibility.

  • New operating hours as of today, read carefully:
  • April 18-22: Blackcomb Mountain upload via Excalibur Gondola only.
  • April 18-22: Wizard Express is closed, reopens Saturday April 23.
  • April 18-May 20: Whistler Village Gondola closed. Reopens for sightseeing on Saturday, May 21.
  • April 18-May 20: PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola closed. Reopens for sightseeing on Saturday, May 21.
  • Ski out conditions are marginal. Downloading is highly recommended.

For the forecast, strong high pressure aloft with low level off shore flow will bring a hot sunny day to the area with a South-Southeast flow aloft. There are still some high cirrus clouds around. Ridge will remain in the area until at least Thursday, when a low pressure system begins to develop. Models are not in agreement for later in the week so standby, should have a better idea by Wednesday. In the meantime enjoy the summer like weather, keep drinking water and applying sun screen. Likely back to some precipitation by Thursday/Friday.

    Omega Block today.

   A thermal trough offshore will pass South of our area today.

    Tuesday is looking like another hot day.

    Possible change for Thursday, more on that in tomorrow's post.


Update on the avalanche that killed two climbers in France: Pistehors.com

Scottish avalanche information ends: SAIS

    Melt freeze in the morning softened up quickly.

    High cirrus cloud most of the day.

    Milky later in the morning.

    Top of Whistler Mountain.

    This picture will look entirely different in just a few years with the new development.

    Ribbon of snow to Base 2 is hanging in there!!

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