Sunday, January 15, 2012

Day 47 Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

And it did snow - big time. Once again apologies for a late report but beer and hot tubs do prove to be a fair distraction.

It snowed overnight but it didn't seem that much to us, hardly worth clearing the drive. As we got to the hill in temps of -10 it was apparent that there had been more snow with the boards recording 9 cms but up the hill it felt a lot more. Most interesting was that the base had fallen to 164 cms which was the second consecutive fall on the second consecutive day of snow. For anyone confused see my earlier remarks about how hills over call their base in sketchy times and adjust back to the truth as they get some more snow.

We went to the Old Side and as we walked up the steps from the plaza it started to snow. It continued to snow ranging from light snow to just dumping all day. I think this is the first time I have ever skied a day when it has snowed without a break from bell to bell. Of course with conditions improving all day I declined to take any kind of break and put in a 9-4 day without interuption - you have to take advantage of the conditions when you get them.

We took our first run out across Cedar high traverse which had been closed for a lot of yesterday and which closed again shortly after we got across. Steep and Deep was our chosen ground and it certainly was - steep and deep all the way down with large untracked areas. Lynda and Lee hit the right exit chute and I took the left and both were seriously deep amd untracked. Finding the traverse closed next time we dropped Cedar Centre glades and then hit right into the KC shoulder - all good and getting deeper as the snow came down.

We then killed some time dropping Cedar Ridge and King Fir which were both deep and soft with untracked areas, each time returning through Kangaroo which was in pretty good shape (for Kangaroo) giving 4 runs through the roo and inculding a drop to the halfway trail from the left hand side for the first time this year. A final run through Linda's which was getting quite deep and we decided to try our luck on the New Side.

Most of the rest of the day was spent looping out into Currie via the high traverse which amazingly stayed open right up until the final run when we had to sidestep the low traverse to get across. Just like yesterday it is hardly worth recording all the runs as they were all great powder getting deeper as the day went on and quieter (deserted by the end of the day) as the weekend worriors headed for home. Those runs that only qualified as awesome were, Decline, Skydive, Stag Leap, Cougar Glades, Easter bowl and Concussion. Those that deserve a special mention over and above awesome were Anaconda Glades, Bootleg Glades and Secret chutes all due to the amazing deep soft powder we found.

All the runs from timber top (Lift Line, Big Bang, Puff Trees and Mitchy chutes were all good deep soft snow. The Saddles were open but we didn't have ago partly because they would still be pretty worn, partly because the light would have been poor below, partly because there was better stuff to be had and partly because they will still be there later this week when we get more snow.

The temps fell towards the end of the day and the snow actually stopped falling as I was laying in my hot tub drinking beer in temps of -14 and soon after that the stars came out. Temps overnight and into tomorrow are supposed to be -20 so it looks like a cold few days. Best of all is the outlook which is calling for snow and plenty of it on most of the next 7 days. Not great news for Lynda who has to head back to the UK for 7 days on Wednesday but good for the rest of us. Looking forward to some cold clear conditions before the next snow cycle, who knows, they might even open Polar Peak again.

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