Monday, January 11, 2010

Day 40 and a pineapple express on the way

So for the uninitiated what's a pineapple express. The weather systems in BC form out in the Pacific where they pick up moisture and then move in from the west loosing the precip in the form of rain or snow. If the system moves slowly by the time the system has reached the interior it has cooled so that everything comes down as snow. Occasionally a system forms out by Hawaii ( hence the name) which is very warm and therefore picks up loads of moisture. It then moves in very quick so it never really cools and we get hit by very warm temps +5 and a mass of rain. The good news ( if there is any) is that because air cools at the rate of 2 degrees for every thousand foot gained then perhaps up in White Pass this could all come down as snow. Tomorrow could be a great day up top or a horrible mess.

Whilst on the subject who is the joker who added over 2000 hits to my site last night, this might open financial opportunities.

Today with temps rising so that it was + 2 at opening and got up to +4 up top during the day we decided to stay high on the new side. The weather front was moving in so the top of the hill was socked in very close so that you could hardly see at all in the Gun bowl and off and on we got icey snow and winds.

Just like yesterday there was a lot of wind sift blown in giving smooth wind groomed snow and a nice soft surface. The underlying snow was taking a good edge so we really had a rerun of yesterday. Loops included Surprise Trees, Ananconda Glades, Bootleg Glades, Cougar Glades, Secret Chutes, Spinal Tap, Decline, Skydive etc. Conditions were the same all the way through with nice blow in, good base and great skiing. As with yesterday run of the day was Cougar Glades which are still in good shape if you are prepared to take the trees close enough to get the soft.

Everyone watching the thermometer and the precip forecast for the next 24 hours.

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