15 Sept 2017

September 15, 2017


    Glacial Ice Avalanche on the Trift Glacier, Switzerland. Article below.                               Net Pic

    An avalanche in New Zealand trapped family in lodge, story below.                     Nick Carter Pic


    Moist day Saturday September 9, 2017. 4.0 mm recorded at 660 meters.

    Sunday morning September 10, 2017. Mostly cloudy, unsettled all day.

    Sunday, bottom of 7 Th Heaven.

    Early Monday morning September 11, 2017.

    Cheakamus Lake Monday afternoon.

    Tuesday morning September 12, 2017. Very cloudy in the am.

    By mid Tuesday morning a much nicer day. Eventually most of the cloud dissipated by days end.

    Early Wednesday morning, September 13, 2017. Sunrise was at 06:45 Hrs.

    Wednesday morning was cool. -1 at 2240 meters at 07:00 Hrs. +2 at 1860 meters.

    Thursday morning September 14, 2017.

    Temperatures dipping down into - territory, low of -1.7 recorded early Thursday am at 2240M.

    Evening light Thursday.

Weather Observations for September 15, 2017 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    +1, Winds were 10-15 KPH NE --Horstman Hut
1860 meters    +4, Winds were 10-15 KPH ENE--Rendevous
1550 meters    +5, RH 58%--Catskinner 
  660 meters    +2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +21.6, 0.0 mm of Precip recorded yest

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


An offshore high will bring dry sunny weather into Saturday with a Northerly Flow aloft. Will likely see  some clouds in the mix for Saturday. The ridge will begin to break down on Sunday allowing a low pressure system to push through on Sunday and Monday. The upper trough on Sunday and Monday will bring wet conditions to the area with a cold front, and the freezing level dropping to below the highest peaks in our area. We will likely get our first dusting in the alpine for the 2017/18 season. A Northwest flow aloft will bring unsettled weather to the area Tuesday into Thursday. Wednesday has the potential to see the most showers.  Looking like a fall weather pattern for the Autumnal Equinox which is officially on September 22, 2017 at around 13:02 Hours.

    High pressure for today in a Northerly Flow aloft.

    Bluebird for today.

    Should see some cloud development on Saturday as the ridge shifts East.

    Deep low for Sunday into Monday.

    Chance the front will push through quickly on Monday.

    Trough will remain in the area Tuesday into Thursday.

Monday September 18, 2017 Update:

Upper trough will bring unsettled weather to the area in a Westerly flow aloft. Fall like weather with cooler temperatures, a mix of sun and cloud with the chance of some showers. Flow will likely shift on Thursday with a drier Northerly flow aloft into Friday. Snow in the mountains today with -4 recorded at 2240 meters, -2 at 1860 meters, and 0 Deg at 1550 meters as of 07:00 Hrs this am. 9.7 mm of precip recorded at 660 meters on Sunday.

    Monday morning, September 18, 2017.

    Image from Monday morning.

    Unsettled weather into Wednesday.

    Looking nicer later in the week.


    Horstman Glacier

    Wet Saturday

    Great day for downhilling on Sunday.

    Dry weather has prompted some leaves to fall early. Monday September 11, 2017.

    Whistler Mountain Tuesday afternoon.

    Ipsoot Glacier.

    A mix of sun and cloud Wednesday, high in the valley was +19.2. Mount Fee

    High pressure Thursday.

    Thursday afternoon, Bluebird!!

    Another summer of rapid glacier melt.

After 8 months of working on organising an Avalanche Awareness Conference in Whistler for October 28, 2017 I had to pull the pin. Sadly, I could not get enough Industry or Government support to have such an event in Whistler. To all those who did support the effort, Thank You Very Much.
I feel that this type of event is very important and I will continue to try to make it happen for the fall of 2018. If anyone has any ideas or can put me in touch with companies that may be willing to help make this a reality it would be much appreciated.



Full send, into a rock: New Zealand

Numinous Trailer: Must Watch


Glacial Ice Avalanche on the Trift Glacier: Switzerland

Family of 17 Trapped by Avalanche: New Zealand

Rock Fall in high alpine regions: SFL

Mammut releases new avalanche transceivers: Mountain Sledder

Smith Quantum Helmet Recall: September 7, 2017

ENSO Current Status & Predictions: September 11, 2017

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