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Alpine Forecast

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Synopsis:
The snowfall will continue until early afternoon today with mid mountain freezing levels and high winds. A lull in the action this afternoon will come with rapidly rising freezing levels before another intense weather system arrives for Monday.
Alpine Report (tap toggle area for mid-mtn report): March 29, 2015 7 AM. Next update by 2 PM.
Today
Flurries.
Alpine temperature: High 1
Ridge wind southwest: 40-55 km/h.
Freezing level: 1800 metres.
Accumulation: 12 cm.
Tonight
Wet flurries.
Alpine temperature: Low 1
Ridge wind southwest: 30 km/h gusting to 55 km/h.
Freezing level: 1700 metres.
Accumulation: 9 cm.
Monday
Snow and rain mixed, heavy at times.
Alpine temperature: High 2
Ridge wind southwest: 30 km/h gusting to 55 km/h.
Freezing level: 1800 metres.
Accumulation: 31 cm.
Tuesday
Mainly cloudy with isolated flurries.
Alpine temperature: Low -4 High -1
Ridge wind west: 20-40 km/h.
Freezing level: 1400 metres.
Precipitation: Trace.
Wednesday
Cloudy with sunny periods and isolated flurries.
Alpine temperature: Low -5 High -2
Ridge wind west: 10-20 km/h.
Freezing level: 1500 metres.
Precipitation: Trace.


Forecast issued by RWDI. Synopsis by Whistler Blackcomb Patrol.

 

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7-Day Valley Forecast

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Whistler Valley Forecast by Environment Canada updated: Sunday March 29, 2015 at 10:04 PDT

Sunday
Rain. Amount 20 to 30 mm. High 7.
Humidity: 70%

Sunday night
Rain. Amount 10 mm. Low plus 5.
Humidity: 80%

Monday
Periods of rain. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 10.
Humidity: 95%

Tuesday
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 2. High 9.
Humidity: 70%

Wednesday
A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 1. High 8.
Humidity: 60%

Thursday
Sunny. Low minus 1. High 9.
Humidity: 60%

Friday
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 2. High 12.
Humidity: 60%

Saturday
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 3. High 12.
Humidity: 60%

 

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LOW RISK


Travel Advice:

Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.

Likelihood of Avalanches:

Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.

Avalanche Size and Distribution:

Small avalanches in isolated areas or extreme terrain.
Safe backcountry travel requires training and experience. You control your own risk by choosing where, when and how you travel.

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MODERATE RISK


Travel Advice:

Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.

Likelihood of Avalanches:

Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.

Avalanche Size and Distribution:

Small avalanches in specific areas; or large avalanches in isolated areas.
Safe backcountry travel requires training and experience. You control your own risk by choosing where, when and how you travel.

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CONSIDERABLE RISK


Travel Advice:

Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential.

Likelihood of Avalanches:

Natural avalanches possible; human-triggered avalanches likely.

Avalanche Size and Distribution:

Small avalanches in many areas; or large avalanches in specific areas; or very large avalanches in isolated areas.
Safe backcountry travel requires training and experience. You control your own risk by choosing where, when and how you travel.

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HIGH RISK


Travel Advice:

Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain not recommended.

Likelihood of Avalanches:

Natural avalanches likely; human-triggered avalanches very likely.

Avalanche Size and Distribution:

Large avalanches in many areas; or very large avalanches in specific areas.
Safe backcountry travel requires training and experience. You control your own risk by choosing where, when and how you travel.

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EXTREME RISK


Travel Advice:

Avoid all avalanche terrain.

Likelihood of Avalanches:

Natural and human triggered avalanches certain.

Avalanche Size and Distribution:

Large to very large avalanches in many areas.
Safe backcountry travel requires training and experience. You control your own risk by choosing where, when and how you travel.

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NO RATING


Travel Advice:

Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.

Likelihood of Avalanches:

Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.

Avalanche Size and Distribution:

Small avalanches in isolated areas or extreme terrain.
Safe backcountry travel requires training and experience. You control your own risk by choosing where, when and how you travel.

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Avalanche Advisory Report

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This advisory refers to areas outside the ski area boundary. Tap icons for avalanche details. Report issued: Sunday, March 29, 2015 7:43 AM

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Alpine:
Treeline:
Below Treeline:
Snow Travel
Avalanche Problem: Skier trigger-able size 1 wind and temperature affected new snow slabs on a breakable crust in the alpine. Possible size 2-3 deep slabs from isolated start zones on a persistent weak layer down 1-1.5 meters.
Activity
Numerous slab avalanches from size 1.5 to 3 were triggered naturally and by light loads in lee and cross loaded terrain during the last week.
Weather
The snowfall will continue until early afternoon today with mid mountain freezing levels and high winds. A lull in the action this afternoon will come with rapidly rising freezing levels before another intense weather system arrives for Monday.
Info
Watch out for winch-cats or snowmobile traffic if you re-enter the area after operating hours. Blackcomb Snow Safety

Note

This three day avalanche hazard forecast is prepared for the area immediately surrounding Whistler Blackcomb -  terrain easily accessible as a day tour from WB’s boundaries. In contrast, the Canadian Avalanche Centre posts avalanche advisories for the Sea to Sky corridor; ranging from ‘the Duffey’ to the Fraser Valley.

This advisory refers to areas outside the ski area boundary.

 

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Backcountry Information

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What You Should Know...

Every backcountry user should be well prepared and travel with experienced backcountry users. Each member should carry an avalanche transceiver on the 457 KHz frequency and carry equipment for self-rescue.

Our avalanche advisory is updated regularly during the winter season from November through to June. Our hours of operation page has opening and closing dates and times for our winter season. Whistler Mountain's avalanche forecasters post bulletins updating the status and stability of the snow in the backcountry based on snow surveys taken from both within and outside the ski area boundaries.

Be aware that conditions may change and sometimes vary from one slope to the next.

 

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Grooming Blackcomb

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Last updated: 3/29/2015 10:12:45 AM
32 Runs Groomed on Blackcomb:

7th Heaven (8)

7th Avenue
Green Line
Cloud 9 - Lower
Cloud 9 - Upper
Hugh's Heaven – Lower
Hugh's Heaven – Upper
Panorama - Lower
Panorama - Upper

Glacier Express (5)

Crystal Traverse
Blueline
Horstman Glacier
Horstman T-Bar Skier Left
Showcase (Skiers Left)

Crystal Ridge (4)

Crystal Rd
Crystal Glide
Ridge Runner
Trapline

Jersey Cream (8)

Greenline
Cougar Milk
GMC Race Centre
Jersey Cream
Jersey Cream Bowl
Wishbone
Wishbone - Right
Zig Zag

Solar / Excelerator (7)

Easy Out
Last Resort
Nintendo Terrain Park, sz. M,L
Springboard - Lower
Springboard - Mid/Upper
Highest Level Park, Sz XL
X Course

Wizard / Excalibur (0)

 

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Grooming Whistler

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Last updated: 3/29/2015 10:12:45 AM
35 Runs Groomed on Whistler:

Peak Zone (5)

Highway 86
Mathew's Traverse
Peak to Creek - Upper
Saddle/ Last Chance
T-Bar Run

Harmony (3)

Pika's Traverse
Harmony Piste
Harmony Ridge

Symphony (4)

Flute Rd.
Symphony Roads
Adagio - Lower
Jeff’s Ode To Joy

Big Red - Garbanzo (9)

Bear Cub
Papoose
Pony Trail
Porcupine
Banana Peel
Franz's - Upper
Little Red Run
Orange Peel
Dave Murray - Upper

Emerald - Garbanzo (9)

Lower Ego Bowl
Marmot
Sidewinder
The School Yard
Upper Ego Bowl
Whiskey Jack - Lower
Whiskey Jack - Upper
Enchanted Forest
Ratfink - Lower

Creekside (0)

Village - Fitzsimmons (4)

Expressway
Olympic - Mid
Scampland (CLC)
Bean Bowl

 

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