6 Feb 2020

February 6, 2020


    Snow making on Blackcomb Wednesday morning.

    Overcast with light snow flurries on Whistler!!

    Decent turns to be had!!

    Snowing in the valley.

    Wednesday February 5, 2020. 13:30 Hrs. -1.8 Deg C with a 15-30 KPH SW wind.

    13:00 Hrs Wednesday.

    Big picture Wednesday afternoon.

    Great turns to Creekside.

    16:30 Hrs. +1 Deg C at 660 meters.

Weather Observations for February 6, 2020 taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -6, Winds were 15-25 KPH SSW--Horstman Hut
2180 meters    -5, Winds were 15-25 KPH W--Whistler Peak
1860 meters    -4, Winds were  5-15 KPH SE --Rendezvous 
1835 meters    -5, Winds were 15-25 KPH SW--Round House
1650 meters    -3, 1 cm in 12 Hrs, 1.5 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 247 cm --Pig Alley
1560 meters .  -3, trace in 12 Hrs, 1 cm in 24 Hrs, Base 167 cm--Catskinner
  660 meters   +1, Valley Temp, Max temp Yesterday was +1.5, 2.3 mm of precip yesterday.

    As of 07:00 Hrs we have overcast skies and variable visibility.


A warm stalled front will bring periods of very light precipitation in a Westerly flow aloft. Drying trend by tonight with cloudy skies into Friday morning. The freezing level will hover in the 1000 meter range. A cold front will push through on Friday with the brunt of the energy arriving Friday evening, tapering by early Saturday morning. An upper ridge will bring dry sunny weather by Saturday afternoon, mostly sunny weather with some cloud expected into Wednesday. Bring it on!!!
Guesstimates: 1-4 cm by Friday morning, 12-16 cm by Saturday morning.

    GOES IR image from this am.

     Low and the high giving us a weak warm front for today.

    Fronts along the coast.

     Low will bring a more active cold front for Friday.

     High builds for Saturday with cooler temperatures in a Northerly flow.


    Update on the avalanche in Turkey. Article below.                                                              Net Pic

    Avalanche mitigation on Blackcomb yesterday produced some Sz 1 soft slabs Xe, Sc.

    Avalanche mitigation on Whistler yesterday produced some Sz 1 soft slabs Sc.

    Sz 1 soft slab.

    Numerous small soft slabs yesterday.

    Sc Sz 1 Million Dollar ridge.

    Were you following me? !!  Just above Pika's Traverse Sa Sz 1.                         Karen Gardner Pic


    Cornices have been growing!!

    Interesting technique, stress crack on the left!!

    Careful around creeks!! Especially in some drainage's!

    We have had a lot of snow in the past 30 days.

    So much fun when all the terrain is open!!!


Oboe NW Shoulder: Feb 4, 2020

Musical Bumps: Feb 5, 2020


Whistler weather with meteorologist: David Jones

Turkey Avalanche: Rescue Workers Killed

Avalanches can occur on hiking trails: UAC


Death toll in the Turkey avalanche disaster rises to: 40

What is an avalanche: Rinkesk

Utah Avalanche Centre reminds backcountry users to carry proper gear after recent snowfall: UACWasatch

Avalanche fatalities in the US so far this year: 2019-2020

Backcountry Avalanche Forecast: Northwest Avalanche Centre

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