Bernie's Report - December 04, 2003

Surprisingly Good!

The early afternoon sunlight seduced me onto the mountain today, though after yesterday�s rain and wet snow, the prospect for good ski conditions seemed remote. Surprised again! At higher elevations the snow was firm but not icy. There was a light dusting of fresh granular snow over a firm base. This combination allowed for some smooth confident turns off piste, but my smoothness and confidence level decreased as rapidly as the elevation. In fact my confidence was shattered in the last 1/4 of the descent on Cedar Ridge. It became a more a case of survival over a broken frozen crust and death cookies until the groomed runs to the Haulback provided some relief for my aching legs. Can't have been that bad though... We kept going back for more!

Most of the groomed runs are in good shape. The coverage is excellent, particularly for this time of year. The runs on the lower mountain are more firm that those higher up. The snow on the lower mountain is quite granular. There are a few �almost icy� spots and there are a few frozen puddles in the proximity of the snow making equipment, but by enlarge, these areas can easily be avoided.

Only the Elk, Bear Express and Boomerang chairs and are running at this point. The Haulback T-bar is also in operation. I understand that more terrain will be opened when skier visits and snow conditions permit. This should be soon. There seemed to be more tourists on the hill today and it shouldn�t take much more snow to get the season into full swing. Looking forward to it!

Bernie -

Looking north out of the shadows in Easter Bowl

Crowds on the Elk Run

Nearing the top of the Elk Chair

View of Mt. Fernie

December sunset on the Lizard Range (2:45pm)

The new retail shop will be ready by Christmas