Whistler Blackcomb

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1/16
2-4" Snow
24°F
2,400ft
S 10mph
20mph
100%
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1/17
0-1" Snow
28°F
3,200ft
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20mph
90%
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17°F
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E 5mph
15mph
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1/18
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30°F
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ENE 5mph
15mph
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20°F
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20mph
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1/19
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28°F
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30mph
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18°F
↓ Base
SSE 5mph
15mph
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ENE 5mph
10mph
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ENE 5mph
15mph
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1/21
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15mph
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ENE 10mph
15mph
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Forecast Elev: 4,850ft Base Elev: 2,220ft Summit Elev: 7,490ft Updated: 9 hours ago
0"
Last 24 Hours
12"
Last 5 Days
Resort reported at Saturday Jan 16 @ 6:08am PST
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24°F
Temperature
5mph
Wind Speed
Mid-Mtn at Saturday Jan 16 @ 6:46pm PST
100%
Area Open
240 of 240
Trails Open
22 of 37
Lifts Open
93"
Base Depth
Variable Conditions
Resort reported at Saturday Jan 16 6:08am PST
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Snow Stake
Snow Stake
Whistler Peak South (7,160ft)
Whistler Peak South (7,160ft)
Whistler Peak West (7,160ft)
Whistler Peak West (7,160ft)
Whistler Peak North (7,160ft)
Whistler Peak North (7,160ft)
Whistler Roundhouse 1 (6,069ft)
Whistler Roundhouse 1 (6,069ft)
Whistler Roundhouse 2 (6,069ft)
Whistler Roundhouse 2 (6,069ft)
Whistler Roundhouse 3 (6,069ft)
Whistler Roundhouse 3 (6,069ft)
Whistler Roundhouse 4 (6,069ft)
Whistler Roundhouse 4 (6,069ft)
Whistler Roundhouse 5 (6,069ft)
Whistler Roundhouse 5 (6,069ft)
Blackcomb 7th Heaven (7,494ft)
Blackcomb 7th Heaven (7,494ft)
Blackcomb Rendezvous 1 (6,102ft)
Blackcomb Rendezvous 1 (6,102ft)
Blackcomb Rendezvous 6 (6,102ft)
Blackcomb Rendezvous 6 (6,102ft)
Blackcomb Rendezvous 5 (6,102ft)
Blackcomb Rendezvous 5 (6,102ft)
Blackcomb Rendezvous 4 (6,102ft)
Blackcomb Rendezvous 4 (6,102ft)
Blackcomb Rendezvous 3 (6,102ft)
Blackcomb Rendezvous 3 (6,102ft)
Blackcomb Rendezvous 2 (6,102ft)
Blackcomb Rendezvous 2 (6,102ft)
Base @ Blackcomb Gondola (2,263ft)
Base @ Blackcomb Gondola (2,263ft)
Base Area (2,214ft)
Base Area (2,214ft)
Base @ Creekside (2,140ft)
Base @ Creekside (2,140ft)
Wedge Highway Cam
Wedge Highway Cam
Avalanche Forecasts are for use by experienced backcountry travelers in uncontrolled sidecountry and backcountry terrain. These forecasts and conditions do not apply to open, in-bounds terrain at ski resorts, which is subject to avalanche control by local resort ski patrol.

Sea To Sky

Avalanche Canada

Avalanche Danger
Considerable (3)
Valid Saturday, Jan 16th 4:00pm PST 3 hours ago
Until Sunday, Jan 17th 4:00pm PST

A lick of new snow may slide easily on the crust. A high degree of uncertainty around deep layers in a complex snowpack is best managed through conservative terrain selection. This is not the best time to dive into ultra committing lines.

Variable wind effect in the alpine includes scoured windward aspects, sastrugi, hard slab, wind pressed surfaces over lower density snow and isolated pockets of soft snow in sheltered areas above 2000 m. Wind slabs may remain sensitive where they overlie surface hoar in sheltered terrain or a crust on solar aspects. A widespread surface crust exists below 1900 m.

The snowpack is currently quite complex. A layer of sugary faceted grains above a hard melt-freeze crust from early December may be found down 100 to 200 cm. Last weekend, several large natural and human-triggered avalanches on this layer occurred, with the hot spots being around the Whistler backcountry.

Near the base of the snowpack, there may be faceted grains above a crust from early-November, which was identified as the failure layer in recent sporadic avalanche releases. At this depth, avalanches are large and destructive.

Explosive control work targeting cornices on Friday produced results up to size 2. On Wednesday, there were reports of a natural storm slab avalanche cycle up to size 3. There were also several that stepped down to deeper weak layers resulting in very large (size 3-4) persistent slab avalanches. Check out this MIN describing a large cornice-triggered avalanche in the Blackcomb sidecountry on Thursday.

Last Saturday, a large (size 3) avalanche was remotely triggered by skiers on Cowboy Ridge near Whistler. The avalanche occurred on a north to northwest aspect at around 1900 m. The crown ranged reached up to 200 cm and was approximately 200 m wide. Check out this MIN for photos and more information. A similar avalanche was remotely triggered by skiers on a nearby westerly slope a few days before; check out this MIN for more info and photos.

To get the complete forecast with additional graphics and details, please view the Sea To Sky forecast provided by Avalanche Canada.