Craig's Report - January 02, 2006
Centimeter by Centimeter
There were no big dumps over the holidays, which is just as well as avalanche closures and limited grooming can mean chaos when the hill is flooded with vacationing families. However the small daily deposits that did arrive were just about exactly what was needed and despite the traffic, the hill has improved enormously since those shaky days around Christmas. Even the lower runs, which did not seem to receive all that much accumulation, are greatly improved and today when we headed down previously rough runs like Wallaby, Holo Hike, Incline and Silver Fox, we found if not exactly pristine snow, certainly more than adequate conditions.
Up top you could still find soft snow this afternoon and while in the more heavily travelled areas it was often separated by hard icy patches, only in the most extreme of these was there any problem linking the soft bits together. Venture farther afield and soft moguls and well tracked somewhat dense powder was the norm. Get cozy with the flora and soft ankle deep turns were still plentiful.
The traverses across Snake and the Currie Chutes were both in pretty good condition, except for a bit of icy excitement crossing Currie Creek. There are still hazards to watch for off trail, but most of my favoured haunts are now accessible, helped in many places by the extensive summer brush clearing. The net result was another pretty fine afternoon of skiing only somewhat spoiled for my daughter by the realization that she is back at school tomorrow. :-)
At 17:30 it is -1 C and overcast at the house.