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Alpine Forecast

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Reported: January 29, 2015, 9pm. Next update by 4am.
Synopsis:
Mostly sunny skies with some valley cloud, valley freezing levels with light and variable winds until the weekend.
Tonight
Clear periods.
Alpine temperature: Low 1
Ridge wind southwest 10-25 km/h.
Freezing level: 1200 metres.
Precipitation: Nil.
Friday
A mix of sun and cloud.
Alpine temperature: High 1
Ridge wind west 15 gusting to 45 km/h.
Freezing level: 1900 metres.
Precipitation: Nil.
Saturday
Mainly cloudy.
Alpine temperatures: Low -2 High 0
Ridge wind light to 20 km/h.
Freezing level: 1400 metres.
Precipitation: Nil.
Sunday
Flurries.
Alpine temperatures: Low -2 High -2
Ridge wind southwest 25 gusting to 50 km/h.
Freezing level: 1300 metres.
Accumulation 9 cm.
Monday
Flurries.
Alpine temperatures: Low -2 High -2
Ridge wind southwest 10-30 km/h.
Freezing level: 1300 metres.
Accumulation 8 cm.


Forecast provided 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: Friday January 30, 2015 at 01:03 PST

Thursday night
A few clouds. Fog patches near Pemberton overnight. Low minus 4.
Humidity: 80%

Friday
Mainly sunny. Fog patches near Pemberton in the morning. High plus 5.
Humidity: 80%

Friday night
Partly cloudy. Low minus 1.
Humidity: 70%

Saturday
A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 3.
Humidity: 80%

Sunday
Flurries or rain showers. Low minus 1. High plus 2.
Humidity: 80%

Monday
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low minus 1. High plus 3.
Humidity: 85%

Tuesday
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. Low minus 1. High plus 4.
Humidity: 75%

Wednesday
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. Low minus 1. High plus 4.
Humidity: 75%

 

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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: Thursday, January 29, 2015 2:39 PM

Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Alpine:
Treeline:
Below Treeline:
Snow Travel
Cooler overnight temperatures have left a melt-freeze crust over moist snow on all alpine and treeline aspects, possibly down to the surface.Cornices are sagging and should be avoided. Sunny skies may cause some surface instabilities on solar aspects.
Activity
No new avalanches observed
Weather
Mostly sunny skies with some valley cloud, valley freezing levels with light and variable winds until the weekend.
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: 1/30/2015 1:20:46 AM
38 Runs Groomed on Blackcomb:

7th Heaven (6)

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

Glacier Express (4)

Crystal Traverse
Blueline
Horstman Glacier
Showcase (Skiers Left)

Crystal Ridge (5)

Crystal Rd
Backstage Pass
Crystal Glide
Ridge Runner
Trapline

Jersey Cream (7)

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

Solar / Excelerator (9)

Big Easy Terrain Garden, Sz S
Easy Out
Last Resort
Nintendo Terrain Park, sz. M,L
Ross's Gold
Springboard - Lower
Springboard - Mid/Upper
Highest Level Park, Sz XL
X Course

Wizard / Excalibur (7)

Green Line
Never Ever / Base 2
Tube Park
Tube Park ByPass
Village Run
Yellow Brick Road
Merlins

 

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Grooming Whistler

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Last updated: 1/30/2015 1:20:46 AM
40 Runs Groomed on Whistler:

Peak Zone (4)

Highway 86
Mathew's Traverse
Peak to Creek - Upper
Saddle/ Last Chance

Harmony (5)

Burnt Stew
Pika's Traverse
GS
Harmony Piste
Harmony Ridge

Symphony (1)

Jeff’s Ode To Joy

Big Red - Garbanzo (8)

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

Emerald - Garbanzo (13)

Lower Ego Bowl
Marmot
Sidewinder
The School Yard
Upper Ego Bowl
Whiskey Jack - Lower
Whiskey Jack - Upper
Enchanted Forest Adventure Zone
Old Crow
Ptarmigan
Ratfink - Lower
Ptarmagan - Top
Raven

Creekside (2)

SS Kids Carpet
Dave Murray - Lower

Village - Fitzsimmons (6)

Adult Learning/ Supercarpet
Expressway
Olympic - Lower
Olympic - Mid
Scampland (CLC)
Fantastic Lower

 

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