Saturday, February 13, 2010

Day 73 and not so busy as I thought it would be

As today was the first day of the Alberta weekend family holiday and also America's Presidents day weekend so we expected the hill to have it's busiest day. As it was it was busy but not crazy busy and we ( us and our Irish guests on their first day) were able to ski all day without too much interuption from the crowds - when we skied out into the more interesting areas it was just as deserted as it had been all week.

We had about 8 cms overnight which had raised the base to 233 cms. Unlike yesterday the precipitation held off so we had a mix of overcast and some sun all day with warm temps which softened up the bottom of the hill for the last third and kept the top in good shape. The rain line from overnight was only just above the base so there was plenty of fresh to play with.

We hit the new side with the idea that high was good in the rain affected conditions even though this would mean more crowds on White Pass where the best snow was. Overall conditions on top were good powder ( knee deep in places) getting a bit heavy and scratchy towards the bottom.

After a quick trip through Surprise Trees which was good powder, we just kept looping the County line on Cougar Glades, Concussion, Window chutes, Cornice chute, Stag Leap Secret chutes and Spinal Tap. This kind of programme lead to a late lunch after which there was only time for a few runs.

After lunch we dropped Siberia Ridge ( very good) Cougar Glades ( just as good as before) Surprise Trees ( excellent powder on the far side) the Brain ( almost totally untracked) and a final rip down Skydive where we all had to work hard to try and keep up with one of my hard core miner buddies who was leading the way.

As it was Saturday we drank in Corner Pocket and had much too much beer before having a quiet night in.

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