19 Jan 2019

January 19, 2019


    Cloudy in the valley Friday morning.

    There were a few breaks in the am.

    Snow conditions were nice, especially North facing chutes.

    Nice light at times.

    There were some nice turns to be had.

    There were some nice breaks at times.

    Variable visibility in the afternoon.

    Friday afternoon.

Weather Observations for January 19, 2019  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -7, Winds were 100-140 KPH S--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -6, Winds were     40-60 KPH S--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -4, Winds were     40-65 KPH S--Rendevous
1835 meters     -4, Winds were   30-100 KPH ESE--Round House
1650 meters     -2, 5 cm of new, 6 cm in 24 hrs, Base 248 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     -2, 5 cm of new, 6 cm in 24 hrs, Base 182 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters    +3, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +4.8, 3.7 mm of precip recorded yest


The fast moving front will push through this morning in a West Southwesterly flow aloft. The brunt of the storm went well South of us with very little snow being left in our zone. The system has pretty much pushed through with winds up to 180 KPH at 2240 meters in the early hours of this morning. Gusts of 105 KPH were recorded at 1860 meters early this am. The Fl has remained fairly low, sitting at around 900 meters and dropping to surface by tonight. Mostly cloudy today with periods of light snow and a few breaks. Weak ridge begins to build later today with mostly sunny skies Sunday into Monday. Another weak frontal band will push onshore Monday night into Tuesday with some light snowfall. Unsettled weather Wednesday into Thursday. Guesstimates: 2-6 cm by Sunday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

     Weak front with cold temps.

    Fronts along the coast.

    Weak high pressure for Sunday.

    High pressure Monday with cold temps.

    Weak front on Tuesday.


    An avalanche has killed a ski tourer in Grisons, Switzerland. Article below.                  Net Pic

    Locally, AC produced a few Sz 1-1.5 Sc Xe. A few Sz 1 Na also observed.


    Certainly felt like more than 10 cm in certain areas.

    Fairly good visibility in the alpine for most of the day.

    Looks like there is some work going on at the Horstman T Bar.

    Flurries at around 13:30 Hrs.

    Moderate avalanche hazard on Friday.

    Not really a pineapple for us but lots of activity too our South.

From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

Hanging lake: Jan 18, 2019

Melissa"s: Jan 18, 2019

Cayoosh Pass: Jan 18, 2019


4 dead, 6 trapped in an avalanche in Ladakh: Northern India

Avalanche kills Czech Ski Tourer in Carinthie: Austria

Avalanche kills a ski tourer in Val d'Escha, Grisons: Switzerland

An avalanche has killed a Villager in Kahramanmaras: Turkey

26 year old man identified as skier killed in an avalanche: New Mexico

An avalanche that was remotely triggered at Copper: Sawtooth Avalanche Center

Avalanche reported at Loveland Ski Area: Colorado

Inbound avalanches, what is the future of litigation: Ski Safety Legislation

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