22 Jan 2019

January 22, 2019



    YESTERDAY:

    Early Monday morning. Very bright!!!

    Blue bird in the morning.

    Incredible light in the am.

    Helicopter filming on Blackcomb Monday.

    Clouds moving into the South in the afternoon.

    High thin cloud in the afternoon.

    Just before sunset.


Weather Observations for January 22, 2019  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -8, Winds were 45-75 KPH S--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -8, Winds were 50-65 KPH SSW--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -6, Winds were 25-45 KPH SE--Rendevous
1835 meters     -6, Winds were  10-30 KPH S--Round House
1650 meters     -4, 8 cm of new, 8 cm in 24 hrs, Base 242 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     -6, 5 cm of new, 5 cm in 24 hrs, Base 181 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     -3, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +1.9, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest


    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have osbscured skies, limited visibility and it is snowing lightly.


FORECAST:

A weak warm front in a Westerly flow aloft will bring light snow to the area with a slowly rising FL.
The FL should rise to around 1000 meters by this afternoon. We will have moderate/strong winds in the alpine. A trailing cold front in a Southerly flow aloft will bring another impulse pf precipitation tonight with snow easing by Wednesday morning. A warm upper ridge builds for Wednesday afternoon with unsettled weather for the foreseeable future.
Guesstimates: 15-25 cm by Wednesday morning.


    GOES IR image this am.

    Warm front for today with a slowly rising FL.





    Fronts along the coast.

    High pressure strengthens. Warmish.





    High and Low will bring unsettled weather with warmer temperatures Thursday.

    High pressure strengthens for Friday.



    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    An avalanche near Aspen has killed a ski tourer, Markley Hut Area. Article below.        Net Pic

    Recent slab on the Stupids.

    Small release below Christmas Chute.

    Recent activity in Emerald Bowl.

    Older slab near Tricouni.

    Locally, AC produced Sz 1 Xe, Xt, Xc.



    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Delay on 7 Th Heaven while filming with heli in the am..

    Some filming on the top of Sudan Couloir.

    Conditions were a bit stiffer on Monday.

    Seriously!! If you get caught doing this its a one year lose of your privileges. Permanent Closure.

    Track in Puppy Chow, another permanent closure.

    A new line into Saphires, yet another permanent closure.

    There is usually some where on the Mtn you can get nice turns.

    Monday January 21, 2019.

   Great turns on specific aspects and elevation.

    Any guesses to when Horstman T-Bar will open?? March 1 perhaps.


From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

Flute: Jan 20, 2019

CayooshJan 20, 2019


From South Coast Touring:

Mitch Sulkers
A couple of days of storm skiing followed by a tranquil, sunny day in Marriott Basin. Apparently less wind effect in alpine than in the Whistler area...
Winds the previous day had shifted from SE to SW during the course of the day and reaching over 110 during the day at ridge tops. We had to play the aspects for best turns.
-13C at 1900m at 0500 hrs really dried the snow out. Calm winds and clear skies, a great break after the storm.
Some small slabs cut easily on sudden convexities, but mostly just loose dry sluffs between ribs at treeline. Below treeline a nice band of 40-50cm of low density made for excellent skiing.

Reece Eh
Nice clear day (minus 1 cloud that created some nice aesthetics) skiing and exploring Gin peak today with Adam Zl├ímal. Great skiing conditions to Hanging Lake, despite the healthy dose of tracks across the ridge. Terrible skiing back to car from the lake. We skied 2 laps off the ridge and noticed no cracking, whumpfing or other signs of instability including no avalanche debris seen on any of the nearby faces. Noticed surface hoar on our way out which leads me to believe this next storm system might not bond well. All around epic skiing in unusually light coastal snow.


ARTICLES:

Backcontry skier dies in avalanche near Aspen: Markley Hut

Report on Markley Hut Avalanche: CAIC

Two injured after Sun Valley avalanche: Idaho

Second avalanche victim succumbs to his injuries in Taos: New Mexico

Two skiers injured in Cotton Wood Canyon avalanche: Utah

Avalanche incident at Val Meinier: France

Weak layer Collapse: Pistehors.com

Snow fall warning for Whistler: Environment Canada

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