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Alpine Forecast

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Reported: December 19, 2014, 9am. Next update by 10pm.
Synopsis:
A zonal flow will bring unsettled weather to our area through the weekend. Light snowfall, moderate winds and occasional breaks should be expected to continue through Sunday. There is variability between forecast models with some calling for heavier precipitation on Saturday.
Today
Cloudy with scattered flurries. Risk of a thundershower.
Alpine temperature: High -2
Ridge wind southwest 30-50 km/h.
Freezing level: 1300 metres.
Accumulation 4 cm.
Tonight
Mainly cloudy with isolated flurries.
Alpine temperature: Low -3
Ridge wind south 35 gusting to 60 km/h.
Freezing level: 1200 metres.
Precipitation: Trace.
Saturday
Periods of snow.
Alpine temperature: High -1
Ridge wind south 35 gusting to 60 km/h.
Freezing level: 1300 metres.
Accumulation 14 cm.
Sunday
Mainly cloudy with isolated flurries.
Alpine temperatures: Low -4 High -4
Ridge wind southwest 20 gusting to 50 km/h.
Freezing level: 1200 metres.
Precipitation: Trace.
Monday
Mainly cloudy with isolated flurries.
Alpine temperatures: Low -3 High -3
Ridge wind south 10-20 km/h.
Freezing level: 1200 metres.
Precipitation: Trace.


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 December 19, 2014 at 18:03 PST

Friday night
Rain changing to wet snow this evening. Local snowfall amount 5 cm. Low zero.
Humidity: 90%

Saturday
Wet snow changing to rain in the afternoon. Snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm. Temperature steady near zero.
Humidity: 95%

Saturday night
Rain becoming mixed with snow after midnight. Temperature steady near plus 1.
Humidity: 80%

Sunday
Periods of rain. High plus 2.
Humidity: 85%

Monday
Cloudy. Low plus 1. High plus 2.
Humidity: 80%

Tuesday
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low minus 2. High plus 2.
Humidity: 75%

Wednesday
Snow or rain. Low zero. High plus 2.
Humidity: 70%

Thursday
A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 1. High plus 2.
Humidity: 65%

 

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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: Friday, December 19, 2014 7:30 AM

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Alpine:
Treeline:
Below Treeline:
Snow Travel
Strong winds and 14 centimeters of snow are expected to have formed areas of wind affected slab and some deep drifts. Size 1 to 1.5 skier triggered avalanches are likely.
Activity
Minor new snow sluffing and isolated soft slabs off the relatively hard bed surface were observed on Wednesday and Thursday.
Weather
A zonal flow will bring unsettled weather to our area through the weekend. Light snowfall, moderate winds and occasional breaks should be expected to continue through Sunday. There is variability between forecast models with some calling for heavier precipitation on Saturday.
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: 12/19/2014 6:14:19 PM
28 Runs Groomed on Blackcomb:

7th Heaven (6)

7th Avenue
Green Line
Cloud 9 - Lower
Cloud 9 - Upper
Panorama - Lower
Panorama - Upper

Glacier Express (3)

Crystal Traverse
Blueline
Showcase (Skiers Left)

Crystal Ridge (3)

Crystal Rd
Crystal Glide
Trapline

Jersey Cream (6)

Greenline
Jersey Cream Road
Jersey Cream
Jersey Cream Bowl
Wishbone
Zig Zag

Solar / Excelerator (5)

Easy Out
Last Resort
Nintendo Terrain Park, sz. M,L
Springboard - Lower
Highest Level Park, Sz XL

Wizard / Excalibur (5)

Green Line
Tube Park
Tube Park ByPass
Village Run
Yellow Brick Road

 

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Grooming Whistler

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Last updated: 12/19/2014 6:14:19 PM
23 Runs Groomed on Whistler:

Peak Zone (2)

Mathew's Traverse
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 (3)

Papoose
Franz's - Upper
Orange Peel

Emerald - Garbanzo (5)

Lower Ego Bowl
Marmot
Sidewinder
Upper Ego Bowl
Whiskey Jack - Upper

Creekside (1)

SS Kids Carpet

Village - Fitzsimmons (6)

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

 

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