Below Treeline: LOW
Travel Advisory: Periods of snowfall on Monday and Tuesday night were accompanied by moderate and at times strong winds from the south and south-easterly directions, forming pockets of windslab on lee slopes. Significant cornice growth has also occurred during this period. The January melt-freeze crust remains exposed on many of the ridgetops.
Avalanche Activity: Soft slabs from 10 to 30 cm in depth were observed to be reactive to ski testing, with new cornice tabs failing easily as well.In some isolated areas enough new snowfall can now be entrained in an avalanche to knock a skier over, and possibly bury a skier in areas with terrain traps below.
Snowpack: Near surface faceting on shaded aspects and the various melt-freeze crusts within the upper snow pack have now become a factor with the new snowfall bonding poorly at these interfaces.
Weather: A mix of sun and cloud is in the forecast for Thursday. Another weak system should arrive Thursday night or Friday bringing renewed light to moderate snow flurries. A ridge of high pressure is expected to begin to build on Saturday bringing a clearing and drying trend over the weekend, with sunny skies in the extended outlook for next week.
Conditions may vary and can change rapidly. Check for the most current conditions before heading out into the backcountry. Daily updates for the areas adjacent to Whistler/Blackcomb are available at 604-938-7676, or at www.whistler-blackcomb.com/weather where there is also a link to the CAA public avalanche bulletin, or call 1-800-667-1105.