Bernie's Report - March 21, 2003

A Little Snow, A Big Difference

All day at the base area, the weather has alternated between sleet, rain and wet snow. Higher on the mountain snow fell most of the day. The ski hill reported 7 cm of new snow this morning and thanks to the additional snow fall today, ski conditions were very good on the upper mountain.

Since it appeared that the White Pass area was in the cloud I avoided this area and stuck with Cedar Ridge, Snake Ridge, Sunnyside and Easter Bowl. Fresh tracks were easily found on all areas I skied this afternoon, particularly on Snake Ridge and Easter Bowl. The snow falling at higher elevation was granular and although it was not light and fluffy it had a smooth texture that made for some very pleasant turns. One had to be careful in their route selection. Not enough snow has accumulated yet to cover the significant areas of avalanche debris and occasionally one could feel the hard pack below the new snow. These areas were pretty easy to identify and it wasn�t difficult to pick a line that put a big smile on your face.

Below the Bears Den the snow became sticky and grabby. On the lower mountain things get pretty slushy and the base is getting thinner with each passing day. There are some grey icing spots on the lower slopes but there is not yet any problem skiing to the base area.

At 7:30 pm. light drizzle is falling at the base area. Temperature is +1C.

Bernie -

Cedar Ridge early afternoon

Cedar Ridge again

Looking down Snake Main

Looking up Snake Main

Looking down into Ceadr Bowl

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