8 Feb 2017

February 8, 2017


    An avalanche in the Valais area has killed a splitboarder, story in article section.                Net Pic

   Someone walked by the permanent closure and cut out a size 1 avalanche over the traverse.

   If you have a season pass you can loose your access privileges to WB for one year for this.


    Scattered cloud in the morning, February 7, 2017.

    Clouds dissipated as the morning progressed.

    Eventually there was more blue than cloud.

    The freeway.

   Tallest tower on the Peak to Peak, Twr 3 Blackcomb Side.

    Tuesday morning.

    Tuesday afternoon, big picture.

    Plate stellars refracting light.

    Very cool light and angel dust.

    Near the end of the day.

Weather Observations for February 8, 2017: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -15, Winds were 10-15 KPH SE --Horstman Hut 
2180 meters    -10, Winds were   5-10 KPH SE --Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -14, Winds were   5-10 KPH E    --Rendevous
1835 meters    -13, Winds were   5-10 KPH S    --Roundhouse
1650 meters    -14, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 245 cm Base, RH 86%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters    -14, 0 cm of new snow, 0 cm in 24 hrs, 176 cm Base, RH 88%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters    -12, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was -6.7, 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

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


A strong warm front will arrive later this morning with wet, warm, windy weather in a Southerly flow aloft. Thursday will be a storm skiing day with the FL hopefully topping out at 1500 meters, there is a chance it could go to 1800 meters. Hoping it will stay in the 1200 meter range. Friday will be overcast as a trough passes through with an associated cold front, lowering the FL to about 800 meters. We can expect overcast skies and light snowfall for most of the Day with a clearing trend by the evening. A ridge of high pressure will bring unsettled conditions to the area Saturday, strengthening Sunday.
Guesstimates: 20-30 cm by Thursday morning, 25-35 cm by Friday morning, 8-12 cm by Saturday morning.

   Clear with moderating temps in the 850 MB forecast.

   Still looks like 0 to -2 at 1800 meters.

    Cools off slightly Friday.

    Flow for the next few days at 850 MB.


February 7 at 11:17am

The are only 2 days left on the indigogo campaign to fund the spearhead huts, and they are still a long ways short of their goal. 

Dig deep team, and we can have more but space for everyone! 

    Lots of settlement in the past few days.

    A mix of stellars and plate stellars.

   Steeps are skiing well.

   Full moon will be on February 11, 2017.


Splitboarder killed in an avalanche in Valais: Switzerland

12 year old killed in an avalanche in Issyk-Kul: Kyrgyzstan

Afghans dig with "any tools possible" for avalanche survivors: Kabul

Update on Tragedy in Afghanistan & Pakistan: 150 Lives Lost

Avalanche closes trans Canada Hwy near BC Alberta Border: Lake Louise

Avalanche warnings across Western Montana: Helena

Iran offers help to Afghanistan after deadly avalanche: Humanitarian Aid

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