Craig's Report - September 24, 2005
The cat that has been prowling around the mountain in recent weeks continues to scratch out what appears to be worthwhile improvements for next year. The work on Lower Barracuda was extended down into the alder and gully region below Currie Creek and while this was described to me to as sort of extreme alder removal, the net result certainly looks like it might make the North side of lower Currie much friendlier for less advanced skiers. Whether this will be enough to get into the blue territory, even by Fernie standards, remains to be seen though. The squeeze point on Gilmar�s Trail also received some caresses from the cat�s blade and is now noticeably wider, although I still don�t see this as a spot I will likely frequent.
Over in Timber Bowl, the narrow, steep cat track that heads down towards lower Siberia Ridge on the skier�s right of Deep Sea, has been widened and the edge rounded into the slope on the lower portion. It is kind of hard to judge what it will be like with snow, but it certainly should be a significant improvement and put a bit less of a premium on those twitch short radius turns.
Down near the base area, the trees where Incline meets Lizard Trail have been trimmed back a bit and fill from the Timberline Condo�s project has been used to flatten things out so it should be easier to glide across from Cedar Trail to the base of the Timber Chair. They have also relegated the exposed creek beside the rental shop building to a culvert and filled everything in so it is just a smooth slope. Last winter they used logs, polyethylene and snow to accomplish the same thing and apparently were pleased enough with the result to make it permanent.
Although I didn�t visit it today, on a trek up Castle Mt. (the small rocky knob across the valley) yesterday, I could see that the cat has taken up residence in Siberia bowl and was working on the approach to the gully on the skier�s left of the Falling Star switch back. This switch back is often ugly even for advanced skiers and I for one almost always avoid it by going through that gully. It is an unfortunate impediment to less advanced skiers on this otherwise long easy run, so it will be interesting to see what the cat can accomplish in terms of creating a relatively friendly bypass.
Note that the price of season passes goes up on October 1st, so if you are planning on getting one, now would be a good time.
At 19:30 it is clear and 7 C here at the house.