14 Jan 2017

January 14, 2017


    No avalanche activity observed in the area yesterday.


    Some colour early Friday morning, January 13, 2017.

    Fissile Mountain.

    Clouds to the South.

    Friday morning.

    Rimed building on Whistler Mountain.

    Old School Skier

    Whistler Creekside.

    Late afternoon light.

Weather Observations for January 14, 2017: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters   -6, Winds were 25-30 KPH S      --Horstman Hut 
2180 meters   -5, Winds were 25-35 KPH SSW--Whistler Peak
1860 meters   -4, Winds were 15-25 KPH SE    --Rendevous
1835 meters   -2, Winds were 15-25 KPH SW   --Roundhouse
1650 meters   -5, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 182 cm Base, RH 54%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters   -4, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs,   99 cm Base, RH 30%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters -15, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was -7.6, 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs we have high scattered cloud, unlimited visibility with an inversion.


A mix of sun and cloud today as a weakening upper ridge maintains dry cold weather in a light Southwesterly flow. Sunday will also be unsettled with more cloud arriving Sunday evening as a front moves onshore for Monday. A series of wet warm and windy fronts will bring snow to the upper elevations through Thursday with a strong zonal jet stream. There is still a good chance for an atmospheric river event to hit the coast.  The Freezing level will fluctuate over the next few days hovering around the 1200 meter range. A warmer impulse of moisture arrives from the Southern Latitudes Tuesday with a spike in the FL as high as 1800 meters. More on that as we get closer. After Tuesday the FL begins to slowly drop to round 1000 meters by Thursday. Guesstimates: 20-30 cm by Tuesday am, 25-40 cm by Wednesday morning, 20-35 cm by Thursday morning. These numbers will likely be adjusted as we get closer. Looks like we will get a proper reset in the alpine by next weekend.

    High pressure with some cloud for today into Sunday.

    High again for Sunday with some cloud.

    Frontal band arriving for Monday.

   Active front for Tuesday.


Making sense of the Jan 11, viral avalanche video: Mountain Skills Academy

January 11 avalanche: How it could have been avoided: Snowboard Canada

Silverton-area skier rescued after being buried by an avalanche on US 550: Coal Bank Pass

Myths about who dies and where: Skier Fatalities


    Still lots of areas with wind affected snow!

    Looking Southwest from Whistler.

    New addition on top of Whistler Mountain.

    Still lots of the winter's snow on the Olympic Rings.

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