30 Dec 2016

December 30, 2016


    Sea to Sky avalanche advisory is posted daily outside the Avalanche Hut, at the top of Solar Lift.

Avalanche control yesterday produced numerous Sz 1 very soft slabs ski cutiing and with explosives. Some natural Sz 1 soft slabs were also observed in and around the ski area. 


    Snowing hard, early Thursday morning, December 29, 2016.

    First lift up 07:00 Hrs.

    Snowing hard early Thursday morning.

    Skiing in the trees was awesome.

    Not often we get storms where its snowing this hard.

    Breaks by 16:00 Hrs.

    Image from Thursday morning, the perfect storm.


Weather Observations for December 30, 2016,: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters   -12, Winds were 10-30 KPH NNW --Horstman Hut 
2180 meters   -10, Winds were 10-30 KPH NW   --Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -9, Winds were 10-15 KPH NNE  --Rendevous
1835 meters     -5, Winds were 25-35 KPH NNE  --Roundhouse
1650 meters     -9, 1 cm of new snow, 41 cm in 24 hrs, 217 cm Base, RH 98%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters     -8, 1 cm of new snow, 37 cm in 24 hrs, 146 cm Base, RH 95%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters     -2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was 0.0, 17.9 mm of Precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have clear skies  and unlimited visibility.


Brief ridge of high pressure for today with mostly sunny skies. A weak cool upper level low will bring light snow to the area Saturday with the freezing level at surface in a Northerly flow aloft. A high pressure system will bring unsettled weather with cold temperatures to the area for Sunday into early next week.
Guesstimates: 3-6 cm by Sunday morning. No more snow until later next week. Cold temperatures for the weekend!!!

    IR image from this morning.

    Looking like a nice day, some cloud in the morning but eventually bluebird.

    Weak front for Saturday into Sunday morning. High pressure after that with a blocking pattern.


My Playground: Sam Anthamatten

No Snow-Airbag Antics: Airbag Deployment

Free Ride World Tour: Teaser

An avalanche on Mount Juneau: Alaska


Searching for the Human Factors in Deadly Avalanches: Top News Trends

High avalanche hazard hinders Search for Missing Snowshoers: NSR

Shepperd buried in snow as Avalanche hits Jumgal District: Kyrgyzstan

Spearhead Hut Project to break ground this spring: Pique



Mike Osachuk
December 29, 2016

Just got back from a 1 night/2 day shred at Callahan Country's Journeyman Lodge...great lodging,friendly people,awesome pillows lines and most important...90 cm's of fresh powder it's the deepest snow I have ever encountered , I wish I packed a snorkel..Neck deep day!!!

   From 06:30 Hrs to 12:30 hours 30 cm at Catskinner weather plot--snowing 5 cm per hour.

   Skiing was amazing in and around the trees.

    By 15:00 hrs the snow eased off to flurries, 40 cm recorded at 1650 meters, 36 cm at 1550 meters.

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