Monday, February 28, 2011

Day 86 what a PR disaster

What I am talking about is that we had 10 cms yesterday, another 25 cms overnight and possibly as much as another 10 cms today with the starting base now 309 cms. What were we all talking about in the bar tonight, the awesome skiing ? no, closures, lift break downs and the deliberate holding up of opening to allow first track customers to get priority. Only RCR could take one of the best days skiing conditions ever and manage to piss off their customers in this way.

We drove to the hill with 35 cms of fresh in the report and with it still puking down snow. Conditions were obviously overcast but temps were -2 at the bottom, about -6 at the top and all day the lower mountain temps remained around zero giving good quality but quite heavy powder. The day had all the makings of totally awesome conditions.

We went to Deer to access the old side triangle but when we got to Bear we were told that it wouldn't open until 10. At the base we had been told that Timber wasn't going to open any time soon. We skirted Bear and with a bit of pushing got to Boomerang which we knew was a safe area only to be told that was also closed until 10. Everyone's tempers while they waited were much improved by watching the first trackers ( those who had paid cash to be allowed up the hill) being allowed to ski the closed terrain simply on the basis that they had paid - how much longer are we expected to take this crap.

When Boom eventually opened just after 10 we had a great rip in knee deep powder down Boom and Buck shot. Followed by similar in Boom Ridge, Cedar Ridge, Kangaroo and King Fir. All was only lightly tracked and although the snow was a little heavy it was the deepest and most awesome powder we have had so far this year. This was followed by the next disaster when Boom chair broke down for 40 minutes. Luckily we weren't on the chair but we did have to hike up to Cedar trail to get out which was enough of a pain to take the gloss off the morning.

We went to the New side and found all of Timber open but all of Currie (including Anaconda) closed. We looped in and out of Knot chutes, Surprise Trees and a couple of runs down through Triple trees. Again all of this was good deep snow but not as good as the Old side with a bit less snow and not quite such a good base. Great skiing all the way up to lunch time.

After lunch we went back to the Old side and found that most people had been scared off by the morning break down off Boom so that with the new snow that was falling and the considerable blow in it was almost untracked on top of the overnight snow which had been evenly skied in to the existing base. The result was that we could do wide fast GS turns wherever we wanted in Boom, Kangaroo, Boom ridge, Linda's, Cedar ridge, King fir etc. Reports came that Timber had been shut down by high winds so the Old side call was a real good one.

Finished with a rip down Boom ridge and then a swing into the trees on the right and a trail out through Cedar trail. Again totally awesome powder well over knee deep as it had been all day.

Sitting here with -11 on the deck, a blizzard warning for the Elk valley, puking snow and another accumulation of 10 cms on the top of the hot tub since I cleared it earlier this evening. Tommorrow looking equally awesome, lets see what RCR can do to upset their customers when everything is going their way.

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