9 Jan 2019

January 9, 2019


    Unsettled in the morning.

    Front moving up the valley.

    Started snowing at around 10:30.

    Challenging visibility in the afternoon in the alpine.

    Just before closing!!

    20:00 Hrs Tuesday night, -5 Deg C and dumping.

    Image from Tuesday afternoon.

Weather Observations for January 9, 2019  taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -2, Winds were   45-75 KPH SE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -2, Winds were 75-100 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -1, Winds were   15-25 KPH S--Rendevous
1835 meters      0, Winds were   20-45 KPH SE--Round House
1650 meters      0, 17 cm of new, 20 cm in 24 hrs, Base 267 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     -1, 20 cm of new, 23 cm in 24 hrs, Base 198  cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     -4, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was -3.6, 4.8 mm of precip recorded yest

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have obscured skies, limited visibility and it is snowing 1 cm per hr.


Low pressure continues to send moisture our way in a Southerly flow aloft transitioning into a Southwesterly flow aloft by this afternoon. Maximum temperatures occurred early this am and since have begun to descend. -1.4 at 2240 meters, +0.3 at 1860 meters, 0 at 1550 meters. These maximums were a short spike in time so it snowed pretty much the whole time. Moderate snowfall with the FL hovering in the 1600 meter range for today into tomorrow morning. Light snow for Thursday with the FL, hovering in the 1500 meter range. A warm upper ridge will build Friday into the weekend with unsettled weather and warm temperatures. There are a few weak systems expected for Saturday and Sunday but likely just a mix of sun and cloud. Guesstimates: 25-35 cm by Thursday morning above 1300 meters, 5-10 cm by Friday morning in the alpine.

    GOES IR image this am.

    Low moving Northwest, FL should hover in the 1500 meter range.

    Fronts along the coast.

    Low moves further away for Thursday.

    Warm high starts pushing into our zone on Friday.

    Unsettled weather for Saturday with warm temperatures.


    An avalanche has killed 4 people on Nevado Mateo (Click), Peru. Article below.              Net Pic

    An avalanche near Abtenau, Austria has killed two hunters.  Article Below.                      Net Pic

    Locally, Sz 1.5 Sc Poop Chutes yesterday. Sz 2 accidental cornice drop Disease Ridge Monday.


    It continues to snow!!!

    Nice conditions on Tuesday, chutes are skiing well.

    Cornices are ripe, not a good idea to put them in the mix!!

    Between 06:00 Hrs and 14:00 hrs we received 3 cm of new snow on Tuesday.

    Some of the things you should know before venturing in the backcountry..

    Low off the coast Tuesday afternoon.

    Looking like a Pineapple Express? But FL have been staying low!!

From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports: 

Vantage Ridge: Jan 7, 2019

Callaghan Area: Jan 7, 2019

From South Coast Touring:
Brian Hockenstein
Is there any more information or a report on Chris' death this past weekend? I have heard some stories but I am sure we are all curious to hear exactly what happened so we can learn from this tragedy.


Two hunters on snowshoes have been killed in an avalanche: Austria

Avalanche kills 3 Mountaineers and 1 Guide on Nevado Mateo: Peru

Man who rescued buried skiers offers avalanche safety advice: Whistler

Transportation officials change avalanche mitigation system: Colorado

December 2018's snowfall in Whistler breaks a 24 year old record: Vancouver Courier

Snow fall warning in effect for: Whistler

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