Backcountry Advisory 

As of Wednesday March 29, 2006

Alpine: MODERATE

Treeline: MODERATE

Below Treeline: LOW

Travel Advisory: Last week’s storm snow continues to settle with a sun crust on solar aspects. The snow remains dry in the alpine where the sun has not affected it. Cornices are large and should be avoided.

Avalanche Activity:  No activity has been reported around the ski area in the past 48 hours. However, there are still pockets of wind slab on the lee slopes and the exposed slopes will become unstable when the sun comes out.

Snowpack:  Loading in the alpine terrain is variable due to extended periods of strong SE winds. Some areas remain scoured down to the old hard snow surfaces. Last week’s storm ended with cooling and decreasing winds, resulting in a nice layer of low density snow on the surface overlying an assortment of wind affected storm snow layers. The surface has since been affected by the sun and solar aspects now have a crust. You will find a melt-freeze crust about 20 cm into the snow on these same slopes. North aspects remain relatively unaffected.

Weather: Seasonal temperatures and unsettled conditions will bring us into April. A mix of sun, cloud and flurries will last through the weekend. The freezing level should fluctuate below 1,400 metres and snow accumulations will be minimal.

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.

— Blackcomb Mtn. Snow Safety

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