Chatter Creek Conditions Update March 9, 2015
Posted: Mar 9, 2015 | Blog
Photos: Alain Sleigher
Chatter Creek Conditions Update. March 9th, 2015.
A ridge of high pressure has been dominating the region for over 4 weeks and we’ve been skiing high-elevation alpine terrain with generally low avalanche hazard throughout the Chatter tenure. We haven’t been skiing below treeline since early February, as unseasonably warm temperatures wreaked havoc on the snow at these elevations across British Columbia. Since then temperatures have fluctuated from highs above freezing to lows in the minus twenties and we’ve been fortunate to ski most of our high-elevation alpine runs.
The good weather and favourable avalanche conditions have been positive for our road building program, and on March 2nd we opened the Vertebrae Glacier to skiing for the first time in two years.
The ridge is weakening slightly and a warm front is now moving through the area. Weather conditions are generally unsettled with a mix of sun and cloud and convective precipitation. Forecasts are calling for this trend to continue through the week with 10 to 15cm of snowfall expected at treeline elevations (2000m / 6500ft).
Overall the skiing has been variable with soft snow and wind affected snow on north facing slopes, sun crust on south facing slopes and tracks throughout our operating area. Good skiing in soft snow is still being found in protected areas. Overcast skies are producing flat light and visibility can be a challenge at times. During periods of flat light our options are limited due to unfavourable ski conditions below treeline.