30 Jan 2019

January 30, 2019


    First light Tuesday morning, we are gaining 4 minutes per day. Sunrise was at 07:50 Hrs.

    Blue bird most of the day.

    Some high scattered cloud later in the day.

    There is a glaze on many aspects.

    At sunset which was at 17:00 hrs.

    14:00 Hrs yesterday afternoon.

Weather Observations for January 30, 2019  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     +1, Winds were 15-35 KPH SSW--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     +1, Winds were 25-40 KPH W--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     +3, Winds were 10-15 KPH SE--Rendevous
1835 meters     +3, Winds were 10-15 KPH SSW--Round House
1650 meters     +1, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 238 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     +1, 0 cm of new, 0 cm in 24 hrs, Base 169 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters      -4, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +0.5, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have overcast skies and unlimited visibility.


The upper ridge and low level offshore flow will give us unsettled weather for today in a Northwest flow aloft. Mostly cloudy with a chance of some sunny breaks with the FL at 2500+ meters. A weak frontal band will push onshore early Thursday morning with some snow flurries and the FL hovering in the 1400 meter range in a S/SW flow. Expect periods of light precipitation for Thursday with a much wetter day on Friday. Models are not in agreement over the weekend but likely a mixed bag, more on that as we get closer. Guesstimates: trace-2 cm by Thursday morning, 10-15 cm by Friday morning, 10-15 cm by Saturday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    Warm flattening ridge for today.

    Fronts along the coast.

    Weak trough with the FL hovering around 1400 meters for Thursday.

    Cooler temps with low bring snow for Friday. FL around 1400 meters.

    Weak trough exits with unsettled and cooler temps in its wake for Saturday, flurries?


    A solo ski tourer has been killed in an avalanche in Austria. Article below.                   Net Pic

    The avalanche at St Christople, Deux-Alpes has killed two skiers. Article below. Net Pic

    Locally, no new avalanche activity was observed.


    Avalanche danger rated at Moderate yesterday.

    Time for a new surface!!!

    Backcountry has many tracks.

    Snow making on Horstman Glacier.

    More tracks in permanent closures.

    Green Lake, mouth of Fitzsimmons Creek.

    Blue bird at 14:00 hrs Tuesday.

From Avalanche Canada MIN reports:

Matier Glacier: Jan 28, 2019

Oboe basin: Jan 28, 2019


Solo ski tourer killed in an avalanche in Steiermark: Austria

Avalanche kills two in the French Alps: Deux-Alpes

Details on the Fatal Tobacco Root Avalanche: Montana

Their mindset was risk adverse--Markley Hut Avalanche Fatality: Colorado

Avalanche triggered to protect teams recovering snowmobiler from avalanche: La Sal Mountains

Spike in avalanches seen as result of recent snow: Montana

Resort skiing is Dangerous--And always will be: Outside

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