Craig's Report - November 05, 2006

Snow, It Goes

Thursday night saw another nice little dump of snow and by Friday morning I was thinking maybe it might be time to break out the XC skis, but alas by midday it was raining hard and that rain continued all through Saturday. By this morning the snow had almost completely vanished from below the Bear�s Den and indeed it wasn�t until about two thirds of the way up Bear that the patches filled in to form a covering of ankle deep sludge. Even warmer temperatures and more rain are predicted, so it is probable that yet more snow will disappear. Not really untypical of Fernie in November, but it was starting to look so good.

At 16:00 it is overcast and 5 C at the house.

Snow guns wistfully wait on Lizard Trail grass for cooler weather.

There is lots of room for vertical growth at the Tower Six snow plot.

Upper Bear from the same spot.

Lizard Bowl from the top of Sunnyside. Apparently a griz was recently seen guarding a deer carcass in the gully between Sunnyside and Arrow, but fortunately it wasn�t in evidence today.

Sunnyside with Fernie in the background as seen from the middle of Lizard Bowl.

The saddles between Currie and Lizard from the edge of Cascade.

Looking down towards the Bear�s Den and up the valley to Fernie from the Tower Six Road hairpin on Dancer.

Lizard from the top of the Elk chair.

The newly denuded Bear run, also from the top of the Elk chair.

The Mighty Moose beginners area with Lizard Creek, the Griz Inn and Cornerstone lodges from left to right. In front of Lizard Creek is a white spot that is all that remains of attempts to make snow last week.