27 Jan 2018

January 27, 2018


    An avalanche in Abondance, France has killed a skier. Story in article section.                    Net Pic

    Na soft slab avalanches during the day.

    Surface releases. Up to Sz 3 natural avalanches in the corridor.

    Sz 3 Xh yesterday morning in the Poop Chutes off Phalnax Ridge.

    Debris off Phalnax ridge well into the flats.

    Whiplash filling in after Monday's event. Avalanche control yesterday produced Sz 1.5-3 Xe Xh Sc


    Friday morning in the valley, more snow in Rainbow than on the hill.

    Convective flurries during the morning.

   Snowing to the valley.

    Overcast in the morning.

    Blue in the afternoon.

    Spindrift above Ruby Bowl.

    Skiing sucked Friday!!!                                                                                                    JB Image

    Convective clouds went through Friday morning.

    Just before Dusk.

    Snow in the trees is still accumulating.

     Super Blue Moon on January 31, 2018.

    Friday afternoon, breaks on the way.

    Big picture Friday afternoon.

Weather Observations for January 27, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters     -8, Winds were 50-65 KPH ESE--Whistler Peak
1835 meters     -9, Winds were   5-10 KPH S     --Roundhouse
1660 meters     -8, 11 cm of new, 24 cm in 24 hrs  Base 302 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters     -2, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +0.5, 3.8 mm of precip recorded yest

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


A modest low pressure system is pushing onto the coast today in a Southerly flow aloft. The freezing level is expected to rise to around 1000 meters with moderate winds and light/moderate snowfall.
A strong warm front and associated atmospheric river arrives on Sunday, stalling and exiting by Monday afternoon as a welcome cold front pushes through. Freezing level on Sunday will gradually climb to 1800 meters before descending to about 800 meters by Monday night. Cool and showery weather is forecasted for Tuesday into Wednesday. A ridge will begin to build on Wednesday night with unsettled conditions expected for Thursday.
Guesstimates: 15-20 cm by Sunday morning, 20-35 cm by Monday morning above 1700 meters, 25-35 cm by Tuesday morning, 10-15 cm by Wednesday morning.

    GOES IR image this am.

     Freezing level below surface this am.

    Started snowing again early this am.

    Modest low with moderate winds and moderate/heavy precipitation.

    Warming up by this afternoon, 1000 m FL.

    Fronts on the coast today.

    Warm front on Sunday associated with an atmospheric river.


    Point releases in the am.

    Great snow!!!

    Loose new snow point releases in the afternoon as well..

    Ruby Bowl was awesome.

    From 06:00 to 14:00 Hrs we had 12 cm of new, base 228 cm at 1550 m. At Pig alley 13 cm of new.

    Size 1 Sc during the day.

    Blackcomb Glacier Creek.

    Spanky's ladder was very busy. Conditions are as good as they get.

    Just before dusk.

From South Coast Touring:

Scott Mackenzie
January 26 at 9:50pm
Some wind slab action today up Brohm ~1600m. Set Several small ones on N and W faces. Shooting cracks while skiing some spots.

Mitchell Sulkers posted 2 photos.
17 hrsInstagram

Another good dump overnight and this morning with 35cm new on Sproatt. With some clearing it was evident that almost all sudden convexities had run on E through NW asp during last night's storm at TL. Some crowns and flanks to 70cm est in non-rideable terrain.
Trailbreaking to ALP went from 20cm near valley to 35 at TL. At treeline and above deep soft alabs made for more difficult trailbreaking. Some whumpfing and cracking began immediately at TL.
Sluffs running on anything 35 deg or steeper. Ski pen ridiculous with cold dry smoke. Still some open creeks so not all gullies completely good to go, but awesome touring from the back door!

Recent MIN Reports from Avalanche Canada:

Cowboy Ridge

Sproatt Northwest


An avalanche has killed a skier in France: Haute-Savoie

Mount Hood Ski Patroller hurt in avalanche: Oregon

Three skiers caught in an avalanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon: Utah

Flooding & Avalanche Risk to increase this weekend: B.C. Storm

Avalanche Survivor shares his story: 'It was like drowning'

A new battery-powered avalanche airbag: Scott

Avalanche risk expected to rise this weekend: News 1130

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