It started snowing fairly hard yesterday evening and boot high powder greeted me in my driveway this morning. The hill was reporting 17 cm new and there was boot high to knee deep powder everywhere. There was even some sun in places; in this case over on Snake, while I contemplated a shady but tasty run down Cedar Ridge.
The snow was light and fluffy and while you could still feel hard stuff underneath on
more trafficked runs, places like Cedar Ridge were very nice indeed. Unfortunately
the combination of it being December 27th, a Saturday and a dump day meant lots of people.
Not only did things get tracked out quickly, but places like lower North Ridge
rapidly degraded into lumps of powder separated by hard skid pans.
commitments meant I only had time for a few quick runs, but I was lucky to run
into a couple of free heeling friends from Calgary on Cedar Ridge. We
decided to give Linda's run a try despite the "Not Recommended" sign
at the top. This was probably good advice given that there were probably
all kinds of pointy things lying in wait in the snow, but if you managed to
miss those there was an excellent run to be had. Here Roger grins his
way through some soft stuff ...
and a little later Brian does his tele thing in the powder and twigs of Sunnyside, which obligingly lived up to its name.
On my way out I took a shot down China Wall which was temporarily in great shape, but I
did notice the odd rock still showing down on the flat part of Dipsy. Surprisingly
this did not appear to have been groomed.
As I left there were still streams of people pouring up the road, so I suspect the new snow got well worked over this afternoon. However there is more snow in the forecast for tomorrow At 4:00 PM it is -3 C and partially cloudy.
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