Friday, March 27, 2009

27th March

Day 95 proved to be very entertaining.
Got a call last night from my buddy Ray living in Vermont to say that his sister Cathy and her husband Kim were in Fernie and would I mind meeting up and showing them around - of course I said yes. We met up and tried the old side which was pretty much a disaster - Cedar ridge (gully and gulch), Kangaroo, Boom Ridge and Boom bowl all proved to be very crunchy with only a bit of blow in to ease the burden. We decided to hit the new side.
Things were a bit better with at least a bit more soft snow on top although the base was still very scratchy. Runs through Gun bowl, Mitchy chutes and Highline/Heartland just confirmed this. Better snow was in Anaconda ( just over the hump), Siberia Ridge and finally before lunch a drop down Skydive.
The weather had been quite cold all morning just below zero with some valley snow first thing. As we went into the afternoon it became a more traditional spring day with sun and soft snow at the bottom although to be fair it never really got much above freezing at the upper points on the hill.
In the afternoon I hooked up with Bobby from Ski Club of GB who had no guests today and as it was his final day we had a real rip round the hill to give him something to remember Fernie by. Our only mistake was to try Stag Leap. Stag hadn't had the skier traffic of the other front runs so it was all hard broken chunks which had to be jumped edge to edge all the way down which was a real work out. Of course we finished with a rip down Skydive.
Plenty of beer in the Griz after skiing and now just a quiet night. If you can believe the forecast we have snow on the way for the next 5 days out of 7, we can only hope.

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