4 Dec 2017

December 4, 2017


    Sz 1 yesterday on steep convex roll in the Pemberton area.


    Just before sunrise on Sunday morning.

    There were some clouds around Sunday morning.

    Clouds dissipated by the early afternoon.

    Looking up into the Pemberton Meadows.

    Bluebird eventually.

    Nice light on Wedge just before dusk.

    Nice looking sky at sunset.

Weather Observations for December 4, 2017 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters    -10, Winds were 10-20 KPH WNW --Whistler Peak
1835 meters    -10, Winds were   5-10 KPH ESE  --Roundhouse
1660 meters      -9, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs  Base 153 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters      -5, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was -0.5, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest


The upper level ridge will continue to build this week with dry and stable weather in a Northwesterly flow aloft. The blocking ridge will also bring in some warm air from the south by Tuesday with the Freezing Level rising to 3500+ meters by Thursday. For today we will see the FL possibly rising to surface with some cloud in the area dissipating by this evening.  No real change expected for the next week. Expect sunny conditions from Tuesday thru Friday.

    GOES IR image from this am. Clouds in the area!!

    High pressure still building.


    Finding the November 23 & November 26 crust.

    Nice skiing on Sunday.

    Another awesome day.

    Sunday afternoon.

    High building on Sunday.

From South Coast Touring:

Matt Gunn
December 3 at 9:58pm
Excellent conditions in the Whistler backcountry. Lots of folks out in the musical bumps. Good quality snow in protected areas and open forest. On more exposed slopes it was possible to hit the pineapple express crust on some turns. Crust was very evident in thick trees. Saw only one sign of instability, a small slab had cut out at the prominent convex roll on flute above oboe creek but did not propagate very far. Beautiful day.

Jim Morrison
December 3 at 5:53pm
Same old story on North Side of Mt Sproatt: over 15 snowmobiles were shredding every line in the prohibited area. Managed to tell 3 of them they were in the watershed area and they should get out of there just to be ignored. Did not manage to get any clear picture of the license plates, unfortunately. For reference here is the maps that show very clear the north side and valley below Sproatt to be prohibited to mechanised access. Thankfully after 45 min they left us alone to enjoy some amazing POW and quietness.

Matt Gunn
December 3 at 11:35pm
CONTEST! The Escape Route Adventure Demo Centre has offered a huge prize to South Coast Touring, a pair of Tour One DPS Skis - 99, 106 or 112 width ($1,100 value). What's the Adventure Demo Centre you ask? 

"The new Escape Route Adventure Demo Centre is a hub for alpine adventurers. We are the largest provider of backcountry rental gear in Whistler. Backcountry skis, splitboards, snowshoes and avalanche safety gear, we have it all. This is all available at our centre located at 4433 Sundial place in the Saint Andrew’s building. We are less than a 2 minute walk from the lifts and are between the Keg and Fanatyco. Come in and see us for your back country rental needs or to talk about and demo one of our special brands, DPS, Karakoram, Dynafit or Spline splitboards. 
Plan your trip in advance, all items can be reserved and booked on line. See the rental tab on our website,  www.escaperoute.ca". 

To enter the contest post ONE photo of heading uphill while backcountry touring in the Whistler area. The contest will run from today until Friday, December 15 at which time a winner will be randomly selected. Keep tabs on this post - there will be opportunities for additional entries into the content in the coming weeks. Good luck!


Big danger of avalanches in western Norway: Varsom.com

Elite female skiers, snowboarders relay avalanche safety knowledge: Copper Mountain

FULL COLD MOON last night was also a: Supermoon

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