12 Jan 2017

January 12, 2017


    Partial Burial in Choclate Bowl Wed Jan 11, 2017 Story in Observation Section. David Cote Image
    Video in the observation section as well!!

    Not much to report around W/B-1 Sz 1 Na on steep SW aspect, 1 Sa, no involvement North.
    Big news above though!!!!!


    Just before sunrise Wednesday January 11, 2017.

    Just after sunrise which was at 8:08 yesterday morning. We are gaining 1 min per day in the pm.

    Sunny in the valley, a pleasant -8 in the afternoon.

    Shadow of man made snow.

    Good and bad skiing in this image of Rainbow, and yes likely some slabs.

    Snowmakng is on fire. Likely above 200 Million gallons of production to date. Automated tower.

    Image from yesterday.

    Big picture on Wednesday.

    Whistler Mtn snowmaking at sunset--Some of the snow in the image is Sublimating


Weather Observations for January 12, 2017: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters   -10, Winds were 20-25 KPH SE --Horstman Hut 
2180 meters   -10, Winds were 15-25 KPH S   --Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -9, Winds were 15-25 KPH SE --Rendevous
1835 meters     -9, Winds were   5-10 KPH SE --Roundhouse
1650 meters   -11, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 185 cm Base, RH 79%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters   -11, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 100 cm Base, RH 68%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters   -18, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was -6.2, 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

Inverted temperatures this am.

    As of 07:00 hrs this am under a full moon we have clear skies and unlimited visibility.


Dry cold air mass will bring clear skies today in a Northerly Flow Aloft. The upper ridge in the area should flatten on Friday with unsettled weather and moderating temperatures. A similar story for Saturday with more cloud cover and warmer temperatures as the next low moves down the coast in a Southwesterly flow aloft. Models are not in agreement for Sunday, may stay unsettled until Sunday evening when a weakening frontal band moves into the area. More on that as we get closer. Does look like a seasonal weather pattern on its way early next week with a freezing level fluctuating above the valley floor and possibly going as high as 2000 meters by Tuesday..Guesstimates: 1-3 cm by Sunday morning. 10-15 cm by Tuesday morning.

    Dry and slightly warmer today.

   Westerly flow aloft with unsettled conditions .

   Looking dry for Saturday with some unsettled conditions.


Rare "Extreme Avalanche Warning" issued after 7.5 feet of snow: Colorado

A-Basin set to reopen after Avalanche Mitigation: Loveland Pass

Roads close in North Iceland due to avalanche: Iceland

Avalanche Assessments from around the U.S.: Week of Jan 8,2017

15 Avalanches reported in Colorado by Wednesday: Front Range, CO

Crater Lake National Park closed due to avalanche: Oregon

Logan Canyon closed to traffic overnight after avalanche blocks US 89: Utah



Tom Oye with Brian Goodwin and Kevin Desrochers.
Jan 11, 2017
Not how I planned on starting the morning...stay safe out there kids!
Click here for Video of Choclate Bowl Ride: Nasty Ride

Today in Chocolate Bowl, size 2. Snowboarder from a different group was caught, pulled air bag and was only buried up to his waist luckily! South aspect, 1900m. Literally 10 minutes before this slide we dug a quick pit on the same aspect (South). 1 finger Windslab 35cms thick on top of fist minus. CTE 2 & CTE 1 down 35, on density change (faceting df's). Very touchy! Our group was sledding and playing on smaller low angle slopes.

Observed 3 other size 2 naturals on S aspects from the past 24hours of reverse loading. Play carefully out there guys!

    Always refer to a map or ask where the permanent closures are on the mountain!!!!

    Tube park just before dusk.

    Look out the window, that is where you will be riding tomorrow!!

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