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Alpine Forecast

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Synopsis:
Today will see a mix of sun and cloud. Freezing levels will rise to 3300 m. There is a chance of showers and a risk of thunderstorm this afternoon. A building high pressure will give us sunnier and warmer conditions through the weekend.

 

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7-Day Valley Forecast

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Whistler Valley Forecast by Environment Canada updated: Thursday May 28, 2015 at 06:04 PDT

Thursday
Clearing this morning. Fog patches dissipating early this morning. High 27. UV index 7 or high.
Humidity: 40%

Thursday night
Clear. Low 10.
Humidity: 80%

Friday
Mainly sunny. High 25.
Humidity: 25%

Friday night
Cloudy periods. Low 8.
Humidity: 65%

Saturday
A mix of sun and cloud. High 25.
Humidity: 25%

Saturday night
Clear. Low 9.
Humidity: 60%

Sunday
Sunny. High 25.
Humidity: 20%

Sunday night
Clear. Low 9.
Humidity: 55%

 

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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: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:02 AM

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Alpine:
Treeline:
Below Treeline:
Snow Travel
Avalanche Problem: You can expect some snowballing and moist sluffs through the day on all aspects with the continuing warm temperatures and morning sunshine. Cornices have become saturated with moisture and they are weak. A large cornice fall still has the potential to trigger a deeper slab release on the underlying slope.
Activity
There has been some wet loose surface instabilities within the ski area, with the occasional size 2 to 3 avalanche observed in isolated areas in the backcountry. A cornice triggered deep slab release was noted in the Fitzsimmons Range near the end of last week.
Weather
Today will see a mix of sun and cloud. Freezing levels will rise to 3300 m. There is a chance of showers and a risk of thunderstorm this afternoon. A building high pressure will give us sunnier and warmer conditions through the weekend.
Info
Watch out for winch-cats or snowmobile traffic if you re-enter the area after operating hours. Whistler Mtn. 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: 5/28/2015 6:42:52 AM
0 Runs Groomed on Blackcomb:

7th Heaven (0)

Glacier Express (0)

Crystal Ridge (0)

Jersey Cream (0)

Solar / Excelerator (0)

Wizard / Excalibur (0)

 

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Grooming Whistler

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Last updated: 5/28/2015 6:42:52 AM
5 Runs Groomed on Whistler:

Peak Zone (2)

Mathew's Traverse
Saddle/ Last Chance

Harmony (1)

Pika's Traverse

Symphony (0)

Big Red - Garbanzo (1)

Papoose

Emerald - Garbanzo (1)

Whiskey Jack - Upper

Creekside (0)

Village - Fitzsimmons (0)

 

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