16 Feb 2020

February 16, 2020


    Sucker hole first lift up.

    Certainly overcast in the am.

    There were pockets of nice POW.

    Overcast for most of the morning.

    Saturday February 15, 2020. 13:00 Hrs.  - 3.4 with a 15-40 KPH NNW wind.

    Satellite image from same timeframe as above image.

    Big Picture Saturday afternoon, all the Moisture is heading South.

    Saturday, 15:00 Hrs. -2.2 Deg C with a 15-30 KPH SE wind. Unsettled in the afternoon.

    Just around closing.

Weather Observations for February 16, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -12, Winds were 20-30 KPH W--Horstman Hut
2180 meters    -11, Winds were 10-15 KPH SW--Whistler Peak
1860 meters      -9, Winds were 10-30 KPH SE --Rendezvous 
1835 meters      -9, Winds were 15-20 KPH SE--Round House
1650 meters      -9, trace in 12 Hrs, trace in 24 Hrs, Base 243 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .    -7, trace in 12 Hrs, trace in 24 Hrs, Base 168 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters      -1, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +2.9, 1.1 mm of precip yesterday.

    As of 07:00 Hrs this am we have high broken cloud and unlimited visibility.


A weak shortwave trough will bring unsettled weather, with a slight chance of some intermittent flurries around midday in a Northwest/Northerly Flow aloft. The freezing level will remain at or just above surface. Ridge begins to build for Monday with some cloud in the mix. Tuesday will see the ridge strengthen and we should see sunny skies. Wednesday will likely be unsettled with some cloud moving ahead of the next series of fronts which will arrive Thursday and continue into the weekend. Guesstimates: 0-Trace by Monday morning, 0 cm by Tuesday morning, 0 cm by Wednesday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

     Weak trough today, some flurries around noon with unsettled weather later today.

    Fronts along the coast.

    High pressure strengthens Monday with some cloud.

    High pressure keeping low at bay for Tuesday as well.


    Update on Gurez Avalanche, one man missing after avalanche in Kashmir. Article below. Net Pic

    Avalanche mitigation on Whistler yesterday some Sz 2 Xc. Size 2 debris with cornice control.

     Avalanche mitigation on Blackcomb Yesterday, some Sz 1 isolated pockets of wind slab Sc.

     Large chunks of debris in flat light can wreck your day!!


    There is always powder somewhere.

    Visibility was not a concern for these folks.

    Moderate rating on Saturday.

    Wind sculpted.

    Some cornices are very fragile.

    Some South aspects had snow as well.

    Frosted Trees.


Vantage Ridge: Feb 15, 2020

Skyline Ridge: Feb 15, 2020


Zeppelin Skiing: Austria


A group of Russian Tourists came under an avalanche in Georgia: Russia

Update on the avalanche that buried on man in the Gurez District: Kashmir

After several inbounds Avalanche Deaths in the U.S., are resorts still Safe: The Illusion of Safety

The Power of Noticing: Powder Cloud

How avalanches impact the local ecosystem: Curious Nature

Women & Children perish in snow and avalanche in Gilan: Iran

Trekkers return to Annapurna Trail after avalanche: Nepal

Matt Gunn:
Skier Involvement in Avalanches on Decker
I've heard of a few incidents where skiers have been caught in avalanches triggered by another party while touring on Decker. I'd like to connect with some of the folks who have been involved in these (or similar) incidents to hear more details. I'm working on a book project and would like to address hazards of touring in popular/crowded locations; it would be good to incorporate some first hand accounts. If you or someone you know has been involved in any of these incidents (Decker or another Spearhead location), I'd like to talk to you; please PM me. My interests are around risk education, not criticizing decision making. I'm happy to provide anonymity to anyone I talk to. Thanks!— at Spearhead Range.

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