30 Dec 2016

December 29, 2016


    An avalanche near the White Pass Ski Area has killed a 32 Year old male-Story in articles-Net Pic

Locally, not much activity yesterday--a couple of isolated Sc (ski cuts) Sz 1 wind slab and soft slab on N  steep aspect.


    Early Wednesday morning December 28, 2016.

    Cold snow is easy to turn into cord.

    Nice day for an AST 2 Course--Whistler near country.                                     Vince Shuley Image

    Image from 11:30 am Wednesday.

    Good looking front on its way.

    Snowing lightly near days end Wednesday.

    Whistler is certainly a winter wonderland these days.


Weather Observations for December 29, 2016,: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters   -10, Winds were 55-70 KPH SE  --Horstman Hut 
2180 meters     -9, Winds were 40-75 KPH S    --Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -7, Winds were 20-40 KPH SE  --Rendevous
1835 meters     -7, Winds were 20-50 KPH ESE--Roundhouse
1650 meters     -6, 10 cm of new snow, 10 cm in 24 hrs, 185 cm Base, RH 96%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -6, 10 cm of new snow, 10 cm in 24 hrs, 113 cm Base, RH 97%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters     -1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +0.6, 1.8 mm of Precip recorded yest


A vigorous warm front will bring moderate/heavy snow fall with high winds in a Westerly/ Southwesterly Flow Aloft. The freezing level may rise slightly above the valley floor. The flow will shift tonight to a Northwesterly flow aloft as a trailing cold front moves through the area.  For Friday, expect a cool Northwesterly flow associated with a dry air mass. Mostly sunny skies with some cloud development for Friday with the FL well below the valley floor. A weak upper level trough will bring light snow to the area for Saturday, stalling into Sunday with unsettled conditions. A strong blocking ridge will establish itself for Monday into next week with a strong Northerly flow aloft. Get out the down for Sunday into Monday.
Guesstimates: 30-40 cm by Friday morning, 4-6 cm for Sunday morning.

    Warm front on the coast this morning.

    Vigorous front for Thursday.

    Looking like a nice day for Friday.

    Weak front Saturday into early Sunday.

   Blocking pattern for next week, would be nice if it went away!!

    Cold and windy on Sunday.


Avalanche Fatality in White Pass area, Washington State: White Pass Ski Area

If we Screw Up and Shut Up-Nothing is Learned: Jackcon Hole News

Extremely Canadian launches Big Mountain Awareness Camps for Youth: The Question

Weak Snowpack heightens avalanche danger in South central Alaska: CNFAIC

The Scope Bluetooth-Enabled Ski pole will keep you safe in the Backcountry (Really?): Digital Trends


    AST 2 Course Wednesday December 28, 2016.                                                    Vince Shuley Image

                                                                                                                                     Vince Shuley Image

   Visibility became challenging later in the day.

    Extremely Canadian launches Big Mountain Awareness Camps.                                                 Net Pic

    December 29, 2015--Bluebird and cold this day last year.

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