20 Jan 2020

January 20, 2020


    First lift up 08:00 Hrs.

    Lots of traffic everywhere!

    Even on Chainsaw Ridge.

    Visibility was challenging at times!!

    Sunday January 19, 2020. 12:00 Hrs.

    Big picture taken in same time frame as above image.

    Yes, another awesome day with soft snow.

    Whistler Village Sunday afternoon, prior to the rain.

Weather Observations for January 20, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      -3, Winds were    80-110 KPH ESE--Horstman Hut
2180 meters      -3, Winds were 105-135 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters      -1, Winds were    25-45 KPH SE --Rendevous 
1835 meters      -2, Winds were    25-60 KPH SE--Round House
1650 meters       0, 5 cm in 12 Hrs, 8 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 207 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .     0, 2 cm in 12 Hrs, 6 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 139 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters       0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +1.2, 11.6 mm of precip yesterday.
We have had 21 mm of precip recorded at 1650 meters in the past 24 Hrs.

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


A weakening trough will bring periods of light precipitation for today in a Southwesterly flow aloft. We may briefly see a few breaks today around noon. The freezing level will hover just below the 1700 meter range. The low to the Northwest will continue to send a few weak frontal bands our way over the next few days. The FL should fluctuate between 900 m-1600 m. Guesstimates: 8-12 cm above 1650 meters by Tuesday morning, 18-26 cm above 1650 meters by Wednesday morning, 20-30 cm above 1650 meters by Thursday morning. With the model spread there may be less precipitation for Tuesday and Wednesday. Questioning some of the model runs.

    GOES IR image from this am.

     Low to the Northwest will bring warmer air and periods of light precipitation for today.

    Fronts along the coast.

     Low continues to send warmish air and moisture our way for Tuesday.

     Warmer air looks like it hits a wall Wednesday. More of the same.

                   AVALANCHE ACTIVITY:

               An avalanche on a Colorado Ice Climb has killed a climber. Article below. Net Pic

    Avalanche control on Blackcomb yesterday produced mostly Sz 1's.

    Patroller's on Bush Rat performing avalanche mitigation.

    Avalanche control on Whistler yesterday produced Sz 1-2 Xe, Xc, Xt.


    Looking warm and moist in the valley.

    Amazing how it does not fall off. Warming temperatures did make it collapse Sunday.

    Thanks for all the hard work opening the terrain, Blackcomb/Whister Ski Patrol!!:)

    Yesterday at 14:30 Hours, 0 Deg C with 4 cm of new snow, base 144 cm at 1570 meters.

    Looking a lot like winter in the valley Sunday morning. 11.6 mm recorded there yesterday.

    That's a lot of snow!!!


Cayoosh Pass: Jan 18, 2020

Mt Chief Pascall: Jan 18, 2020

Metal Dome/Brandywine: Jan 18, 2020

Lower Disease: Jan 19, 2020


Trapped climbers rescued in Nepal: Avalanche

It didn't take much: Avalanche Guys


Avalanche kills climber in Ouray County: Colorado

Snow hampers search for trekkers: Nepal

Teen injured in Sept Laux avalanche: France

Avalanche survivor speaks--'The snow was like concrete: Iceland

Officials identify teen who died in an avalanche while snowmobiling with his Dad: Utah

Report on the Farmington Canyon Avalanche: UAC

Ski Patroller found dead on Heavenly Mountain Resort: California

CSR Team risks avalanche conditions to rescue lost snowshoers: Coquitlam

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