28 Jan 2018

January 28, 2018


    Locally, avalanche control produced Sz 1-1.5 soft slabs--Xe, Xr, Xt, Sc. Touchy soft slabs!


    Snowing in the valley Saturday morning.

    Overcast and snowing Saturday morning into early afternoon.

    Snow conditions are awesome.

    Eventually stopped snowing.

    Icing conditions in the afternoon. Had to clean the goggles every 2 minutes!!

    Unsettled later in the afternoon.

    Nice light at days end.

    Saturday afternoon, breaks on the way.

    Saturday's big picture. Looks like a very wet system heading our way.

Weather Observations for January 28, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters     -7, Winds were 60-75 KPH ESE--Whistler Peak
1835 meters     -5, Winds were 10-25 KPH SE   --Roundhouse
1660 meters     -5, 3 cm of new, 13 cm in 24 hrs  Base 301 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters     -1, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +0.8, 0.2 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have obscured skies, limited visibility and it is snowing 1 cm per hr.


A warm front is pushing through today and stalling into Monday in a moist Southerly flow aloft.
The freezing level will rise to 1800 meters by tonight as the atmospheric river event  pushes through with strong winds and heavy precipitation. Storm continues on Monday with a cold front bringing cooler temperatures by the afternoon. Cooler and showery weather is expected Tuesday into Wednesday. Possibility of some unsettled weather for Wednesday, more on that as we get closer.

Guesstimates: 35-50 cm above 1700 meters by Monday morning, 25-35 cm by Tuesday morning,
10-15 cm by Wednesday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

         Big low to the Northwest will send an atmospheric river our way today. 

    Warm front on the way!!

    Plume of moisture already on the coast.

    Fronts on the coast today.

    Cooler on Monday.


    Deep snow in the Gunbarrels.

    Sign at the bottom of the Harmony Chair.

    Loose snow was flowing down the steeper pitches.

   We have received 150 cm of snow in the past 7 days.

    Snow is deep.

       It just keeps on growing.

    There is alot of snow right down to the valley.

From South Coast Touring:

Matt Gunn
January 27 at 11:14pm
Great snow quality in the musical bumps. Given the avi forecast we kept to very mellow terrain and old growth timber protected from any wind affect. We did not see any signs of instability where we skied. Singing pass trail exit is in amazing shape.

Recent Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

January 22-27, 2018



High risk of avalanches o North Shore Mountains this weekend: North Shore News

Mt Baker Ski area will be closed Sunday & Monday due to avalanche danger: Washington State

Major danger of avalanche in many places: Norway

Snowmobiler survives avalanche on Logan Peak: Utah

Storm warning for: Whistler

Avalanche warning issued for Mount Hood: Oregon

3 involved in Friday avalanche near Solitude are experienced backcountry skiers: Utah

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