Bernie's Report - March 16, 2004

We need snow!

Fernie continues to experience Spring-like weather conditions. Although the sky conditions remained overcast today, temperatures rose to +7C. Ski conditions over the mountain could, at best, be described as variable. We managed to find some areas where the granular snow that had some substance to it but for the most part, the snow was a mixture of slush (or sugar) and ice. Many off-piste runs in treed areas were closed due to the risk of injury that could easily result from a fall-slide-accelerate-sudden stop.

Often in the Spring, one is able to find better snow at higher elevations. Today this was not the case. The centre of Shakey´┐Żs Acre was groomed today. From the chair it looked OK. As soon as I executed the first turn I knew that I had made a gross error in judgement. It consisted of a few patches of wind blown snow separated by large areas of extreme hard pack. All I wanted to do was to keep my skis on the snow and avoid the embarrassment of sliding under the White Pass chair on my back. Luckily I kept the P-Tex on the white stuff, but we gave up on Timber Bowl and headed down to find softer snow on the lower mountain. On the way down we went over to Lower Siberia Ridge. It was one of the better runs that we found this afternoon.

At 4:45 pm it is +6C and overcast. We need snow!

Steve & Lorie on Dancer

Looking down Cedar Bowl

Slide debris in Cedar Bowl

Cedar Ridge was not inviting

North Ridge was one of the better runs today, but the crowds tell the story.