22 Jan 2018

January 22, 2018


    A backcountry skier has died in an avalanche in the Northern San Juan Mountains.          Net Pic

    An avalanche in Geigelstein, Germany has killed a ski tourer. Story in article section.         Net Pic

    An avalanche on Reas Peak, Idaho has killed a snowmobiler. Story below.                        Net Pic

    An avalanche has killed a skier in Russia. Story in article section.                                        Net Pic

    Locally, Sz 1-2 Xe Sc Sa. One Sz 3.5 Xe


    Snowing and blowing Sunday morning.

    Snow was deep and dense.

    Lightened up for a while in the afternoon.

    Some blue around noon.

   Frontal bands pushed through in the afternoon.

    Nice light yesterday.

    Just before dusk.

    Sunday afternoon.

    Big picture Sunday.

Weather Observations for January 22, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters     -8, Winds were 30-40 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1835 meters     -6, Winds were 10-20 KPH SE--Roundhouse
1660 meters     -5, 10 cm of new, 31 cm in 24 hrs  Base 279 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters      0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +2.8, 17.2 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies, limited visibility and it is snowing lightly.


An upper trough will bring periods of light snow and unsettled conditions in a Westerly flow aloft. The freezing level will hover around 800 meters, dropping to surface tonight.. A warm front quickly followed by a cold front will bring more snow Tuesday with the FL rising to around 1000 meters then dropping back down to 800 meters by Tuesday night. A more active front pushes through on Wednesday, followed by frontal bands on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. Winter is here!!
Guesstimates: 10-15 cm by Tuesday morning, 15-20 cm by Wednesday morning, 20-30 cm by Thursday morning, 10-30 cm by Friday morning.

    GOES IR image this am. Looking unsettled later this am.

    Upper trough with cool temperatures.

    Light snow for Monday.

    Fronts on the coast.

    More snow on the way for Tuesday.


    Pay attention when skiing the trees.

    Base at Catskinner (1550 meters) was 208 cm, with 19 cm new by 14:30 Hrs.

    Wind effect at tree line.

    Just below tree line.

    Some blue sky in the afternoon.

    Pay attention to the signage, going through a closure will get your riding privileges taken away.


Backcountry skier dies in an avalanche near Silverton: Colorado

An avalanche has killed a ski tourer on Geigelstein in Bavaria: Germany

An avalanche has killed a snowmobiler near Reas Peak in Idaho: Centennial Mountains

An avalanche has killed a skier in Russia: Karachay-Cherkessia

Kananasksis Country avalanche risk at 'Considerable' levels due to complex snow pack: Global News

Skier flown to hospital after avalanche at Snowbasin Resort: Utah

Safety group preaches planning, training, proper tools for Avalanche Safety: Adventure Smart

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