3 Dec 2018

December 3, 2018


    YESTERDAY:

    Another awesome day in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

    Great turns to be had above 1800 meters.

    A waning moon.

    A few clouds yesterday afternoon.

    Conditions are pretty good considering how much snow we have.

    Whistler Mountain Sunday                                                                               Kary Firstbrook Pic


Weather Observations for December 3, 2018  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters       -12, Winds were 20-30 KPH NNE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters       -12, Winds were 15-25 KPH NNE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters       -11, Winds were   5-10 KPH N--Rendevous
1835 meters       -11, Winds were   5-10 KPH N--Round House
1650 meters       -10, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 65 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters       -10, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 30 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters         -7, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +2.0, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest


FORECAST:

Upper level ridge in a Northerly flow aloft will bring dry cold weather to our zone until the end of the week. Temperatures should slowly warm up by the end of the week to seasonable values. We should see a weak front arrive for Saturday. A slightly stronger front is forecasted to arrive for Sunday. Time will tell. Enjoy the sun!!


    GOES IR image this am.


    Two lows with a pair of highs on both sides. Cold!!



    Fronts along the coast.

    Blocking pattern, no storms for us.





    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    More recent moist loose on solar aspect from Friday/Saturday.

    Old debris from last week.

    An avalanche near Fernie, reminder that avalanche season is here. Report Below.   Fernie SAR Pic

    An avalanche near Demirkazik Mtn in Turkey has killed a climber. Article below.          Net Pic


    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

   4-8 mm Surface hoar.

   Old fracture line from last Monday/Tuesday.

    Different perspective of above avalanche.

    Facets in the crust.

                     Profile from yesterday.

    Pumping snow on Whistler.                                                                                      Julianne Budd Pic

       Early season conditions on the ski hill, use caution.                                            Julianne Budd Pic


From Avalanche Canada MIN reports:

Blackcomb Backcountry: Dec 2, 2018

From South Coast Touring:
Reid Madiuk
Skied blackcomb near country today. 
Lakeside/body bag/lower disease 
Skied from 2150m to 1650m. 30-40cm of facets skiing great on smooth planner slopes. Low angle was skiing better and deeper. Steep terrain exposed to the sun is developing a good sun crust below 2000m. Boulder fields are interesting and Spicy 🌶 to cross. Expect very touchy results after our next incoming system. 
I was able ski out 7th heaven down sunset blvd right to the gondola for download.


ARTICLES:

An avalanche has killed a climber near Demirkazik Mountain: Turkey

Close call near Fernie. Cornice Bowl

SAR Team responds to avalanche call near Fernie: Cornice Bowl

Avalanche Canada Forecaster's Blog: The Buzz

Snowpack declines may stunt tree growth and forest's ability to store carbon emissions: Science Daily

54 observed avalanches between Nov 28-Dec 2: CAIC

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