21 Jan 2019

January 21, 2019


    Unsettled Saturday morning.

    High broken clouds with some valley cloud.

    Great skiing in protected gullies.

    There were areas with awesome dry snow.

    Began clearing later in the morning.

    Clouds dissipated in the afternoon.

    Blue bird by the end of the day.

    Sunday Afternoon.

Weather Observations for January 21, 2019  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -11, Winds were 20-25 KPH N--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -10, Winds were 15-20 KPH N--Whistler Peak
1860 meters       -8, Winds were 10-20 KPH NNE--Rendevous
1835 meters       -8, Winds were   5-10 KPH SW--Round House
1650 meters     -10, trace of new, trace in 24 hrs, Base 242 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters       -9, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 178 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters       -8, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +1.9, 0.2 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs under a full moon, we have clear skies and unlimited visibility.


A weak ridge of high pressure will bring sunny skies this morning in a Northwesterly flow aloft. The FL will remain at or just above surface with the flow switching to Southwesterly later in the day. We should see some cloud move in by this afternoon with the chance of some intermittent light snow by tonight. A warm front will push through Tuesday, followed by a cold front Tuesday night. The Fl will top out at or below 1500 meters by Wednesday morning. Weak ridging for Wednesday with unsettled weather into Saturday with mild temperatures. Guesstimates: 4-8 cm by Tuesday morning, 12-18 cm by Wednesday morning.

     GOES IR image from this am, warm front will arrive by tonight.

    Ridge of high pressure with the Arctic front bringing cold temperatures.

    Fronts along the coast.

     Low to the North sending a warm front our way for Tuesday.

     Warm weak ridging for Wednesday for a mix of sun and cloud.

     High pressure with some cloud spilling in from the North Thursday.


    An avalanche has killed a skier in the Charmey region of Switzerland. Article below.       Net Pic

    An avalanche has killed a French ski Tourer on Vanil Carre in Vaud, Switzerland. Article below.

    An avalanche has killed a Ski tourer on Laserztrol, Austria. Article below.                          Net Pic

    Locally AC produced some Sz 1 with Xe, Xt, Sc.


    Wind did make for variable conditions.

    Busy day in the backcountry.

    Surface hoar developing.

    5-0 is skiing well.

    Some features and aspect had some decent turns.

    Be careful in the trees as there are lots of branches to be buried when we get more snow.

    Lunar eclipse last night.

    Big Low, Big High Sunday afternoon.

From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

Wedge Creek: Jan 20, 2019

Circle Lake: Jan 20, 2019

Musical Bumps: Jan 20, 2019

Hanging lake: Jan 20, 2019

Central Duffey: Jan 20, 2019

Chief Pascal: Jan 20, 2019


Avalanche kills skier near Charmey: Switzerland

Avalanche kills French Ski Tourer on vanil Carre in Vaud: Switzerland

An avalanche has killed a ski tourer in Laserztrol in Tyrol: Austria

Two lives lost in weekend avalanches: Switzerland

Province upgrades Duffey Lake road avalanche-control system: Pique

Specialist reveals key to avoiding avalanches: Alberta

Taos Ski Valley searches for answers after fatal avalanche: New Mexico

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