April 17, 2001
Why are you reading this?
The Fernie ski season now has just five days left and it is getting
hard to imagine anyone actually wasting their time reading this. What is even
stranger is that I would waste my time writing it. ;-)
The groomed runs and any place that was well packed were admittedly not too bad, but the off piste stuff I encountered was sticky, lumpy and inconsistent. Perhaps if I hadn't suffered a powder relapse the last couple of weeks I might have enjoyed slogging through it, but today I just couldn't be bothered and ended up on trail most of the time.
The snow is still holding up well for this time of year, but some lower runs are showing some signs of stress. For instance lower North Ridge below the Haul Back is again all but dead and Meadow looked somehow diseased with a multitude of dark gray water logged splotches, although I didn't encounter any actual hazards on it. Up top things are fine and over all the snow is still better than at almost any time during the season.
One of the ski patrol informed me I was one of just 250 people who turned up today and even that sounded like a lot judging be the deserted slopes. It was just plain lonely out there.
At a little after 6 PM it is mainly cloudy and an ideal, for mountain biking,
12 C at the house.