Saturday, April 16, 2011
I did say that I would do the two days of Fernival as a single report but today was so exceptional it deserves a report in it's own right. Fernival is supposed to be a party weekend which is all about spring skiing on your rock skis while you pick your way through the icey cat tracks to the base and spend your time drinking beer, listening to live music and partying with your buddies - not this year. After official closing day last Sunday we had 30 cms of fresh up to midday Friday and another 10 overnight into Saturday with a result the base was 445 cms and the conditions fresh winter powder. As we arrived at the hill it was -1 and snowing which it did in one form or another all day - as an aside the total snowfall for the season passed the 11 metre mark, think about it. Furnival is an Old side only event but when we started we had all of Lizard bowl and Cedar bowl across to the Snake Ridge sign line. We just dropped Cedar ridge which was over knee deep, mostly untracked and awesome winter powder. Kangaroo was similarly powder all the way down so you could ignore the bumps and just throw GS turns with some air. We looped back Bear chutes (deep with plenty of untracked) and Buck shot (see Bear chutes). Half way through the morning they closed Lizard and Alpine way so that we were locked into the Old side triangle which had a fair amount of traffic and as the snow/rain line started to move up the hill the lower parts became a bit heavy and very wet. Looping Cedar Ridge, King Fir, Linda's, Bear chutes, Buck shot, Boom bowl, Boom ridge and all permutations thereof gave great powder skiing which got heavier as the day went on. Must have dropped Kangaroo 8 times which was amazing for Furnival weekend. Lynda and I had decided on a strategy to ski until it got too wet then finish rather than having a lunch break. Good call as just after 2 we were soaked in the continuing precip and came off the hill, loaded all surplus gear out of the locker into the car and hit the bar. Great drinks with buddies and listened to Trooper (a real blast from the past) before coming home for a quiet night in with beer and play off hockey. What will tomorrow hold ?
Posted by Bill Handley at 9:26 PM