January 13, 2002

Pretty Good

The hill hasn't completely recovered from last week's rain and ice episode, but it has made a great deal of progress and there was plenty of fine skiing available today. Conditions were somewhat variable (legitimately variable, not the ski report code word for terrible), with some powder, some wind slab, some ice and pretty firm crunchy conditions near the bottom. For me at least though, the good outweighed the bad by a considerable margin.

Everything except the Face Lift was open, so there was plenty of fresh snow and much of it was nice ankle deep stuff. In steep terrain you did have to watch for spots where the snow had fallen or blown away leaving exciting patches of pure ice and exposed areas could have a significant wind pack. The best skiing we encountered was probably in moderate trees such as the left side of Easter. Up top the main packed runs were in good shape and I was particularly surprised by how good Bear was.

At five P.M. it is clear and -3 C at the house.

The sun sets early in Cedar Bowl this time of year. The orientation of Lizard Range means the sun slides behind the ridge in early afternoon these days.

There were some nice turns in the glades on Snake Ridge, but steep spots where the snow no longer covered the ice could be an unwelcome surprise.

Part of Sunny Side with Fernie and the Elk Valley behind it.

An avalanche track down the Polar Peak side of Currie Bowl.

The top of the White Pass chair and the White Pass gun tower sit over the first part of one, two, three.