Jay's Report - January 07, 2007

Things I'll Tell My Grand Kids

The last couple of weeks have been amazing. With the exception of one half day of �R�, we have had near perfect skiing conditions. But there are certain powder days that stick out from others. They become the topic of dinner conversations for years. I remember a day at Red Mountain for instance in the 80�s when it dumped 3 feet one night. I remember it well. This weekend will be remembered with equal affection. It was a total powder play weekend from start to finish. I will tell my grand kids about streaming down Boomerang Ridge where the only thing muffling my yelling was the powder in my wind pipe. I�ll tell them about jumping into Linda�s Run from North Ridge and experiencing powder whiteout. I�ll tell them about how excited I was waking up to 39 c�s of �fresh� piled on the Jeep (But I�ll leave out the part of nearly soiling myself with excitement).

The fun continued on Sunday with a combination of wind and snow. As Craig reported, there were certainly run closures and lift interruptions the last few days. In fact, Currie opened briefly on Sunday (I can�t believe I missed it) and reportedly closed due to a small avalanche near Concussion. Anaconda Glades remained opened and was spectacular - over the head.

Evidently, many vacationers and Calgarians migrated back home as hill traffic slowed to a trickle of locals and a few crazies on Sunday. But the Griz had other plans. A weather and accident road closure in Sparwood brought many back to Fernie for more afternoon delight. What better way to end a ski trip than to extend it? I�ll tell that to my grand kids too.

At 8 pm it�s -1 C and still snowing.

On Boomerang Ridge on Saturday

On Boomerang Ridge on Saturday

In Cedar Bowl on Sunday

On Boomerang Ridge on Saturday

Humping up StagLeap on Saturday.

Humping out of Haul Back on Saturday due to breakdown.