Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Day 110 new snow but serious spring conditions

This report could be a bit short as my buddy Ray arrived from Vermont tonight (where they have run out of snow) and we have been down town drinking beer and are now back home drinking even more Irish Whiskey so things are getting pretty out of order. Just in case his wife is reading this, ok, only joking.

Overnight it rained in the valley but we had 16 cms of fresh pushing the base back up to 410 cms and as we looked out of the window this morning the snow line was only just above the valley floor. Temps when we arrived at the hill were +2 at the base but the problem was that it was mixed sun and cloud so that in the direct sinlight we must have had +15 at the base +7 on top. Later in the day it clouded over and temps dropped so that the south facing mush that we had been skiing started to set up towards the end of the day.

We went to the New Side and had a great rip down Lift line in the 16 cms of deep powder. Having gone up White Pass we found that Currie bowl was closed so we just had to loop back through Knot chutes, Surprise Trees etc for a couple of hours until Currie opened. We were amazed how soft the snow was on the south facing slopes even from early on where it was super heavy even in the Knot chutes where wet slough management was a major problem.

As Currie opened we hit the Reverse Traverse out to Skydive and got 3rd and 4th tracks in Skydive which was totally untracked on the right hand side in the shade and was awesome fresh if slightly heavy powder. Next decision was bad, Cougar Glades which had some great untracked turns in the top but heavy soft elephant snot in the lower section which was hardly skiable. Final run before lunch was Decline/Window chutes which were soft but ok as they were tending towards the North facing - not too tracked up either. Lunch

After lunch it was just like yesterday in big 3 loops. Skydive, Easter/Spinal Tap, Stag Leap, Skydive. The sun had gone behind the clouds so all the runs were setting up and had to be skied with big GS turns in the soft/crust snow. Really hard thigh breaking skiing but good soft spring conditions and very rewarding if really hard work.

Another ok day in tough spring conditions.

Apologies for no explanation as to why the Old side was down all morning or why Polar peak couldn't be opened - put it down to too much whiskey, promise to do better tomorrow.

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