26 Mar 2018

March 26, 2018


    An avalanche on Belle Plinier, France has claimed two lives. Article below.                 Net Pic

    Locally, not much activity. 2 Sz 3 Xc (cornices), Sz 1-1.5 Sc, Sz 1 Sa, Sz 1Sr.

    Xc cornice control on Whistler. Watch for the debris in the bowls.                                WMSP Pic

    Sz 1.5 Sc                                                                                                                                WHS Pic


    Unsettled Sunday morning.

    Clouds moved in fairly quickly in the am.

    Mid morning mid layer cloud.

    Visibility was challenging at times.

    Power flurries in the afternoon.

    There were some good turns to be had.

    Mid mountain cloud layer.

    Clouds rolling in at the end of the day.

    Sunday afternoon.

    Big picture on Sunday.

Weather Observations for March 26, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2180 meters     -8, Winds were 45-75 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1835 meters     -6, Winds were 25-40 KPH SE --Roundhouse
1660 meters     -4, 4 cm of new, 5 cm in 24 hrs  Base 308 cm --Pig Alley
  660 meters      0, Valley Temp, Max Temp Yesterday was +5.2, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest

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


A weak front will bring periods of light snow to the area in a Northwesterly flow aloft. Warm advection will slowly rise the FL to about 1400 meters by tonight. We can expect gusty winds in the alpine for today. The flow continues into Tuesday with periods of light snowfall and the FL rising to 1600 meters. The upper ridge to our South will influence the low slightly with unsettled weather for Wednesday morning, but the low will send another weak frontal band through with mostly overcast conditions and the occasional flurry by Wednesday afternoon. The FL should drop to around 1200 meters for Wednesday. This pattern continues into Friday.
Guesstimates: 8-12 cm by Tuesday morning, 8-12 cm by Wednesday morning, trace-1 cm by Thursday morning, 4-8 cm by Friday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    Low sending moisture our way, slightly warmer temps than yesterday.

    A weak front for today with periods of light snow.

    Light snow fall.

    Fronts along the coast.

    More snow for Tuesday.

    Snow ends by Wednesday.


    Blackcomb Glacier Creek is an alternate route out.

    How waterproof are your ski boots?

    It is the weekend!!

    Nice snow in Blackcomb Bowl later in the day.

    Nice light at closing.

    Wind blown snow was silky by days end.

Recent Avalanche Canada MIN report:

Russet & Adit Ridges


Two ski tourers have died in a Belle Plinier Avalanche: France

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Orange tinted snow makes Ski Resort look like Mars: Russia

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