February 18, 2001
I have to write fast so I can keep that title. In this season of teases, nice
fat Fernie snowfalls have been rare and brief, but I am hoping that maybe this
time it will be different. True the weather folks are only calling for 3 cm
in Sparwood, but they have been wrong so many times the other way recently,
I figure we are owed one - or a few dozen.
When I first arrived and saw the line up at the Elk Chair, I almost headed home. It took well over 10 minutes to get through the line as a single, although I don't think in this case single was much faster than traveling herd. Fortunately the other line ups proved much more tractable and as a single I rarely had to wait more than a minute or so. There were lots of folks moving around on the hill though and having a few more eyes would have been a help. The section of Elk down to the bottom of the Bear chair was particularly hectic when I passed through and I think it would have beeen pretty intimidating to a newer skier.
Made it! It is now quarter to five and it is still snowing hard with a temperature
of -6 C on the porch.