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January 16, Rogers Pass, Glacier Crest
« on: 01/16/14, 05:14 PM »

Started at 8 am to get a run in before the heat attacked. At 10am we realized the forecasted heat was not going to happen. There were streaming clouds everywhere and a small breeze to keep things cool. Notable old crowns in our line of site were on Mt. Sir Donald, Eagle, and Grizzly. They were large crowns that all went down to ground. The Sir Donald slide went to valley floor. Glaciers are still looking more slotted then normal but they are cleaning up a bit with the recent snow. Things were calm today  in terms of natural activity and the snow felt as though it had settled considerably. Alpine hazard was rated as high but without the forecasted heat we decided it was ok to poke around on some smaller alpine slopes.

Skiing was ok, snow was dry but of high density. When we left at 11:30am temperatures were still well below freezing at treeline and below. Data loggers show W and S faces briefly went above freezing today later in the afternoon.


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"As we all know, the true driving force behind every early morning wake up is not necessarily safety, but the overpowering drive to be sitting on a patio by 1 pm, intoxicated, and spraying loudly about the morning's adventure."

-Andrew Wexler 2011
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Re: January 16, Rogers Pass, Glacier Crest
« Reply #1 on: 01/17/14, 11:57 AM »

That looks darn good from the perspective of central WA! Wondering what data loggers you use?  The Canadian Avalanche Center, or do you have other options. thanks.
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Re: January 16, Rogers Pass, Glacier Crest
« Reply #2 on: 01/17/14, 01:15 PM »

Yea the parks avalanche page has some stuff but they stop being publicly accessible at 5pm at night till the following morning!?!? You used to be able to use ARFI (http://webapps2.ucalgary.ca/~asarc/arfi/) to get the info from the data loggers during all times of day with the added bonus of snow depths and 24hr snow accumulations. Sadly the links for GNP have been broken since Decemeber. Perhaps I will try and bribe someone for the updated working link that is available 24hrs. Parks Canada also has a fairly good weather forecast for the top of the pass that they have available in the info center but do not post in their avalanche bulletin?? Perhaps I shall dig around for a working link to that forecast as well... There are also several BC highways data loggers sprinkled about but those are not publicly accessible either...
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