|New Snow||0 cm||7 Day Snow||53 cm||Snowbase||150 cm|
|Alpine Temp||-1 °C||Valley Temp||+3 °C||Conditions||Soft to Slush|
Well the temperatures are creeping higher as this high pressure ridge develops. At least there doesn’t appear to be much precipitation in the forecast.
Today was very similar to yesterday, with the upper mountain being just below zero, with really nice snow. As you came down the mountain it slowly got warmer, and the snow started to became slushy. Around mid-mountain there was the thick fog layer again, and below that the snow was definitely slush… Lots of fun, especially on the groomers – more like spring skiing at the bottom (which is some peoples preferred type of skiing) but obviously they are the people who come here in spring, not winter…
It was around the Red chair elevation that you could perceive the ‘wetness’ of the snow, as it started to become sticky and grab your skis – so down to there was quite decent skiing, even off-piste.
The next few days / week will see the freezing levels spike, and the snow will become slush all the way to the top (most likely). This is not terrible news, as if it stays that way for long enough, the moisture might be able to seep deep enough into the snow pack to help stabilize the weak layer right at the bottom (as I understand it – maybe wrong ? ) When the temperatures start to drop again, that moisture should help the different layers to bond together (providing the temperatures drop slowly, if it drops too fast it will probably make the conditions worse….)
Note to self: I really should learn more about the art of snow science. I have done the level 1 recreational avalanche awareness course, and have a little bit of experience of back country travel. However, I still have a lot (under statement) to learn. The courses are not cheap, but I will get around to doing them eventually, which will not only help me enjoy the outdoors more safely but also help me give better snow reports / amateur forecasts.
Update: I have had a few people give me a hard time for not mentioning how sunny and nice it was up above the fog layer, so now I have
Also, I heard a few stories regarding the current avalanche problems we have. Firstly, apparently when patrol used explosives to create a slide in 1 of the Horseshoes on Harmony, it propagated (correct word someone?) to all the other Horseshoes resulting in crowns of around 1 meter in all of them. It is hard to describe the ‘layout’ but for this to happen was very surprising to me.
Secondly, I took a photo yesterday of a slide in Whistler bowl – hard to see in photo. I presumed at the time it was a ‘controlled’ avalanche set off by patrol, apparently not, apparently it was a natural slide !