5 Jan 2020

January 5, 2020


    Snowing in the valley at 08:45 Hrs.

    Awesome breaks Saturday morning.

    People were sending it!!

    Finish line of the Free Ride Comp.

    Free Ride entertainment under JC Chair Saturday.

    Clouds moved in just after noon.

    Saturday January 4, 2020. 14:00 Hrs. -7.8 Deg c with a 20-45 SE wind.

    Light snow fall by days end.

Weather Observations for January 5, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters      -8, Winds were 75-95 KPH E--Horstman Hut
2180 meters      -7, Winds were 75-95 KPH SE--Whistler Peak
1860 meters      -6, Winds were 25-45 KPH S --Rendevous 
1835 meters      -6, Winds were 15-35 KPH SE--Round House
1650 meters      -4, 10 cm in 12 Hrs, 10 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 161 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .    -4,   6 cm in 12 Hrs,   6 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 103 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters       0, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +3.6, 7.0 mm of precip yesterday.

    As of 07:00 hrs this am we have obscured skies, limited visibility, snowing and blowing.


A cold front will bring light/moderate precipitation today in a Westerly flow aloft. The Freezing level will hover in the 800 meter range. We may see a few sunny breaks before dusk. This frontal band exits sometime Monday morning with a warm front bringing light to moderate precipitation with the FL slowly rising to 1000 meters by Monday night. Brunt of this front will push through Monday night into Tuesday morning with the FL possibly rising to 1500 meters. A cool upper trough develops for Wednesday with mostly cloudy skies, the FL dropping to surface, and a few flurries. A dry Northwesterly flow aloft for Thursday with a few sunny breaks before the next frontal band arrives for Thursday night into Friday. Guesstimates: 8-16 cm by Monday morning, 20-30 cm by Tuesday morning, 20-40 cm by Wednesday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

    Another cool day with a cold front moving onshore this am.

    Fronts along the coast.

    Warm front forecasted for Monday.

     Low over Northern Vancouver Island brings a cold front with stormy weather into Tuesday.


    Avalanche control on Blackcomb produced Sz 1-2.5 Xe, Xr. Mostly Sz 1's.

    Mostly storm slab results. Some Sz 2.5 suspected to release on 191123 MFcr/Fc.

    Avalanche control on Whistler produced Sz 1-2.5 Xe, Xc, Na.

    An avalanche has killed a snowmobiler near Merrit. Article below.                                   Net pic


    Its important to be seen!!!
     Awesome winter snow on Saturday.

    Best turns of the year for most on Saturday.

    Strong winds in the alpine until later in the afternoon. Seventh Heaven opened at around 14:00

    More places to go and get some great turns.

    We have had 110 cm of snow in the past week.

    A very happy Doctor!

From Avalanche Canada MIN Reports:

Callaghan Conditions: Jan 3, 2020

Red Heather: Jan 3, 2020

Mulligan: Jan 4, 2020


Dense Slabs-Bridger Range: Montana


One person dead, one trapped after avalanche in Backcountry in Merrit: RCMP

Avalanche forecast and What you need to Know: Montana

Update on the avalanche that killed a soldier: France

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