29 Nov 2018

November 29, 2018


    Unsettled in the morning. Fresh snow made for some good early morning turns.

    Broken cloud Wednesday morning. Eventually there were some nice sunny breaks.

    Snow quality was very good.

     Awesome afternoon.                                                                                         Toby Salin Image

    First turns of the year in Bushrat.

    View from the top of Bushrat yesterday.                                                             Toby Salin Image

    More clouds moved in later on the day.

    Mostly cloudy with a few flurries at days end.

Weather Observations for November 29, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters         -5, Winds were 0-10 KPH S--Horstman Hut
2180 meters         -4, Winds were 0-10 KPH E--Whistler Peak
1860 meters         -3, Winds were 0-10 KPH E --Rendevous
1835 meters         -4, Winds were 0-10 KPH E--Round House
1650 meters         -3, 1 cm of new, 1 cm in 24 hrs, Base 64 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters         -3, trace of new, trace in 24 hrs, Base 31 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters        +1, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was, no data available

    As of 06:30 Hrs we have overcast skies and unlimited visibility.

    As of 07:30 Hrs.


A weak upper level ridge  and exiting low will bring unsettled weather today in a West/Southwest flow aloft. The freezing level will hover in the 1200-1000 meter range. We may see a few isolated flurries this evening. Similar scenario for tomorrow with slightly cooler temps, unsettled weather with the chance of some flurries as a Pacific low brushes the South Coast on the way to Oregon. The high builds for Saturday into early next week with some arctic air and great snow making temperatures.
Guesstimates: Trace to 1 cm by Friday morning. Trace to 3 cm by Saturday morning.

    GOES IR image this am.

    Slightly cooler temps. Low has moved off to the South.

    Fronts along the coast.

    Arctic air is creeping towards the coast.

    Cooler on Friday.

    High strengthens for the weekend.

    Avalanche Activity:

     Sz 3 out of Whistler Bowl after a 2 Kg charge from Heli Bombing.            Anton Horvath Image

    Fracture line in Whistler Bowl, ran on Nov 3 MfcrFc.                                   WMSP Picture

     Helibombing produced mostly Sz 1 and some Sz 2 above 2200 meters on Blackcomb yesterday.

    Evidence of the natural cycle from the storm on Monday. Blackcomb Glacier. Nigel Stuart Pic

    Xe in Blackcomb Bowl, avalanche went to some summer firn.

Information & Observations:

    Avalanche closure in the morning.

    After Heli Bombing closure became ski area boundary.

    It is early season, play safe.

    Level 2 Avalanche Course heading into the alpine.

    Instruments at the catskinner weather plot.


Rescue dogs gear up for avalanche season: Colorado

Backcountry Advisory: November 29, 2018

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