24 Feb 2019

February 24, 2019


    YESTERDAY:

    Early Saturday morning, a bit of colour. Sunrise was at 07:08 Hrs.

    There were some nice breaks in the morning.

    Cloud cover thickened as the day progressed.

    Some flurries in the afternoon.

    Overcast in the afternoon.

    A few breaks just before sunset which was at 17:42 hrs.


Weather Observations for February 24, 2019 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters     -14, Winds were 30-50 KPH E--Horstman Hut
2180 meters     -14, Winds were 20-35 KPH NNE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters     -11, Winds were 30-50 KPH E--Rendevous
1835 meters     -12, Winds were 10-20 KPH NNE--Round House
1650 meters     -11, 0 cm  of new, trace in 24 hrs, Base 253 cm--Pig Alley
1565 meters     -10, trace of new, trace in 24 hrs, Base 180 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters     -10, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +0.2, 0.0 mm of precip recorded yest


    As of 07:00 hrs we have scattered cloud and unlimited visibility.




FORECAST:

The cool upper level trough has pretty much exited the area with some lingering cloud. Mostly sunny weather for today in a Westerly flow aloft. The high will strengthen for Monday with sunny skies expected into Wednesday. Unsettled Thursday and Friday with a slight chance of some isolated snow flurries. Looking to be dry for at least the next week. Cold temperatures by Tuesday!! -20


    GOES IR Image from this am.


    A high, a low, and an Arctic Front.




    Fronts along the coast.

    Low to our South, but arctic high will dominate for Monday.





    Low moves off the coast, Arctic High still strong for Tuesday.

    Still looking like the high will dominate with cold temperatures, feeling like the Rockies.





    AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

    An avalanche in Armenia has killed a mountaineer. Article below.                                     Net Pic

    An avalanche has killed an ice climber in Kuhtai, Austria. Article below.                           Net Pic

    2 Germans have been killed in avalanches in the Ammergauer Alps, Austria. Article below. Net Pic

    Locally, a few point releases on steep terrain.

    Cornice control on Flute Yesterday.                                                                     Tim Haggerty Pic



    INFORMATION & OBSERVATIONS:

    Dust on cord, smooth T-Bar run.

    Nice day for the Peak to Valley race.

    Cornices are large.

    That is a lot of snow.

    Nice stellars falling on Saturday.

    Great turns to be had on Saturday.


From South Coast Touring:

Comments from Cody Townsend
Feb 22nd  was insane. (Long but crazy story ahead) It started with a 4:00am wake up to climb and maybe ski one of the sneaky crux lines of @the.fifty.project. The climbing and skiing was complex, exposed and technical. As we descended out the bottom of the scariest line of the project so far, I randomly pulled up before the bottom of the glacier run at the bottom to get one last look at the peak we just skied. Suddenly, I noticed something moving down  the mountain and moving fast. A bird? Rockfall? Holy f---, I said out loud when I realized it was somebody tomahawking faster than I thought possible down a 60 degree couloir, bouncing off the walls and being airborne for hundreds of feet down his 1000+ foot fall. I thought I was watching someone die right before my very eyes. After some decision making, realizing the victim was alone and somehow alive but what looked like horribly injured, @bjarnesalen and I sprung into action. He began a race 1500 vertical feet up to help the guy, I straight-lined and pushed through the flats harder than I’ve ever pushed to get to the car and get to cell service knowing a PLB would be too slow to initiate a rescue and that with only an hour left of light, a heli rescue initiated as quick as possible would be his only chance of survival. Thanks to the incredible work of @blackcombhelicopters and Pemberton Search & Rescue, we plucked him out with mere minutes of light to spare and he was raced down to Vancouver where he is miraculously going to survive. Oh and the kicker, then drove to Vancouver myself to pick up @elysesaugstad at 1:00am and got back home at 3:00. One of the crazier 24 hours up I’ve ever had. Not gonna forget yesterday for quite some time.




From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports: 

Gin 1: Feb 23, 2019

Callaghan Lake: Feb 23, 2019

Musical Bumps: Feb 23, 2019

Steep Creek: Feb 23, 2019



ARTICLES:

French Mountaineer killed in Aghveran Avalanche: Armenia

An Ice climber has been killed in an avalanche in Kuhtai: Austria

2 Germans killed by Alps Avalanches: Western Austria

Avalanche sweeps away 5 vehicles in Kaza Village: Northern India

Ski Lift Head denies greed kept avalanche prone pistes open: Crans-Montana

Recognising hazards in avalanche terrain: Idaho

Spring Conference & Annual General Meeting--Canadian Avalanche Association: May 6-10, 2019

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