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Alpine Forecast

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Synopsis:
Northeasterly winds will affect our area for the next 4 days, expect 50-60 km/h winds and cold temperatures in the evenings and mornings which will moderate slightly during the day due to solar warming.
Alpine Report (tap toggle area for mid-mtn report): February 28, 2015 2 PM. Next update by 9 PM.
Tonight
Cloudy with clear periods.
Alpine temperature: Low -3
Ridge wind light to 15 km/h.
Freezing level: 1000 metres.
Precipitation: Nil.
Sunday
Cloudy with sunny periods.
Alpine temperature: High -2
Ridge wind west: 15-25 km/h.
Freezing level: 1400 metres.
Precipitation: Nil.
Monday
Sunny
Alpine temperature: Low -11 High -4
Ridge wind northeast: 25-40 km/h.
Freezing level: 1000 metres.
Precipitation: Nil.
Tuesday
Sunny with cloudy periods.
Alpine temperature: Low -11 High -4
Ridge wind northeast: 10-20 km/h.
Freezing level: 1100 metres.
Precipitation: Nil.
Wednesday
Sunny with cloudy periods.
Alpine temperature: Low -5 High -1
Light ridge wind.
Freezing level: 1600 metres.
Precipitation: Nil.


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: Saturday February 28, 2015 at 18:49 PST

Saturday night
A few clouds. Low minus 6.
Humidity: 75%

Sunday
Sunny. Increasing cloudiness in the afternoon. High 8.
Humidity: 50%

Sunday night
Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of rain showers or flurries in the evening. Clearing before morning. Low minus 3.
Humidity: 75%

Monday
Sunny. High 6.
Humidity: 25%

Tuesday
Sunny. Low minus 7. High plus 4.
Humidity: 55%

Wednesday
Sunny. Low minus 6. High plus 5.
Humidity: 45%

Thursday
A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 2. High 8.
Humidity: 55%

Friday
A mix of sun and cloud. Low zero. High 10.
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: Saturday, February 28, 2015 7:39 AM

Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Alpine:
Treeline:
Below Treeline:
Snow Travel
Alpine terrain is scoured to a melt freeze crust on exposed features. Although there are some sheltered areas where Thursdays' 5 cm of light snow can be found. The northerly winds have redistributed the new snow from the normal leeward aspects onto the traditionally windward aspects as a variably distributed 3-10 cm firmer layer on top of the old melt freeze crust. Watch for cornices and solar aspects today.
Activity
A few small slabs yesterday skier triggered in very isolated areas with low destructive potential.
Weather
Northeasterly winds will affect our area for the next 4 days, expect 50-60 km/h winds and cold temperatures in the evenings and mornings which will moderate slightly during the day due to solar warming.
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: 2/28/2015 6:51:31 PM
44 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 (5)

Crystal Rd
Backstage Pass
Rescue Rd
Ridge Runner
Trapline

Jersey Cream (9)

Greenline
Jersey Cream Road
Cougar Milk
GMC Race Centre
Jersey Cream
Jersey Cream Bowl
Wishbone
Wishbone - Right
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 (8)

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

 

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Grooming Whistler

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Last updated: 2/28/2015 6:51:31 PM
43 Runs Groomed on Whistler:

Peak Zone (5)

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

Harmony (6)

Burnt Stew
Pika's Traverse
Harmony Piste
Harmony Ridge
Krumholz
Harmony Outruns

Symphony (4)

Symphony Roads
Adagio - Lower
Adagio - Upper
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 (10)

Lower Ego Bowl
Marmot
Sidewinder
The School Yard
Upper Ego Bowl
Whiskey Jack - Lower
Whiskey Jack - Upper
Old Crow
Ratfink - Lower
Raven for Public

Creekside (1)

SS Kids Carpet

Village - Fitzsimmons (7)

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

 

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