6 Mar 2017

March 6, 2017


    An avalanche in Italy has claimed a skier. Story in article section.                                      Net Pic

    An avalanche near Cle Elum, Washington has claimed a snowmobiler, story below.       Net Pic

    Locally not much to report, Sz 1 Sa (skier accidental) reported on steep lee terrain..


    Green Lake, Sunday morning, March 5, 2017.

    Sledders preparing for a ride.

    Cloud cover was fairly thin but it snowed most of the day.

    Sunday morning.

    There were a few sucker holes in the afternoon.

    Snow conditions were excellent right to the valley.

    A few more holes later in the afternoon.

    Always hard trying to predict snowfall amounts with so much convective activity.

    Snowing to the valley later in the day.

Weather Observations for March 6, 2017: taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      -14, Winds were 40-55 KPH S  --Horstman Hut 
2180 meters      -12, Winds were 25-40 KPH S  --Whistler Peak
1860 meters      -12, Winds were 25-45 KPH SE--Rendevous
1835 meters      -10, Winds were 15-25 KPH SE--Roundhouse
1650 meters      -10, 13 cm of new snow, 18 cm in 24 hrs, 290 cm Base, RH 86%  --Pig Alley
1550 meters        -9, 11 cm of new snow, 16 cm in 24 hrs, 208 cm Base, RH 88%  --Catskinner 
  660 meters        -3, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +0.5, 6.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

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


A cold broad upper trough moves through our zone today with unsettled weather in a Westerly flow aloft. The FL will remain below surface for the entire week. We can expect periods of light snowfall for today. A frontal band will bring overcast skies and light-moderate snowfall to the area Tuesday as the low moves through our zone. Breaks by Wednesday with unsettled weather and the possibility of some intermittent snow flurries. A brief ridge builds for Thursday with sunny skies possible for the morning into the afternoon. A weak front approaches the area for Friday with overcast conditions and very light snowfall. Models are not consistent about the weekend yet but the ECMWF is showing a winter storm by Saturday night, the Nam mostly sunny skies by Saturday.  Standby on that outcome.
Guesstimates: 6-10 cm by Tuesday morning, 10-15 by Wednesday morning, 1-4 cm by Thursday morning., trace-1 cm by Friday morning.

    GOES IR image for this am.

    Broad upper level trough for today.

    Unsettled with a mix bag, will likely get cloudier.

    Cool temperatures with a Westerly flow.

    Another frontal band for Tuesday.


March 6 at 12:28am

In the tragedy that happened on Hanging Lake and the guy who lost his life due to a beacon malfunction I made this vid to explain why it may have happened from my experience. 

So I got a few pm's about the Pieps transceivers and why they could switch from send to off or search. I've had this problem since I got mine and like I said in the video I don't think Pieps makes a bad product it's just a bad design in the pouch. I use my transceiver for mostly sledding and some touring. 

Sorry for the quality of the video but my GoPro has been in water a few time, you can still get the idea of what I'm talking about. 

Please feel free to ask any questions or share this video. 

Safe exploring. 

March 5 at 7:15pm

Here is some info on the Cypress Avi on Hollyburn mntn that left a man in a serious condition. 
Please people be safe out there... Just remember no matter how skilled you are if the advisories say it's dangerous out there just don't risk it. I had to cancel a trip out to Duffy last Friday and turned down a couple of invites to do some side country off Blackcomb today. 
In all honesty I don't care how much experience my touring buddies have, if the advisories say it's dangerous out there I will not go. 
Yesterday inbounds I saw someone drop a cliff and set off a small slab which he skied faster than and was in no danger. I have also seen FB posts of another skier who set off an avi inbounds... If it's sliding even inbounds please people be safe and don't make the choice to go AT. 
Mother nature is stronger than all of us and it makes me so sad to hear of these tragedies. 
My heart also goes out to the man caught in the Callaghan avi yesterday such sad horrible news. 

March 5 at 2:59pm

Incredibly sad moment, the sudden loss of our dear friend Corey Lynam. Corey was kind hearted, incredibly talented, and excelled in everything he put his mind to. We'll all treasure the many happy memories, and I'll never forget that all-knowing grin he'd often wear while delivering his uniquely subtle and insightful humor. Corey leaves behind his wife, Bri and son, Iver, this fund has been setup to support them in this difficult time.

    Old signs of the reactive layer in the trees.

    Thin but productive clouds for most of the day.

    Visibility in the alpine was challenging at times.

    Rimed rock on top of Whistler.



Snowmobiler killed in an avalanche near Cle Elum: Washington State

Skier killed in an avalanche near Valgrisenche: Italy

Avalanche control on the Duffy Lake Road today: No Go Zone

28 year old skier triggered avalanche outside Juneau Ski Area: Alaska

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