Runs: 18; YTD cum runs: 720
I took yesterday off to do "work" and turns out that was a really good decision. It was an OK morning, but suddenly around lunch a wall of a blizzard blasted through Canmore for a few hours, featuring rain-ish stuff, ice pellets, snow and 50 mph winds, leaving behind about 10 cm of snow that melted by 7 PM. Same thing happened up at Sunshine, apparently. The difference? It was a blinding snowstorm up there, and it closed all but Wolverine, Strawberry and the Gondola. And it left behind what the hill reported to be 8 cm of snow.
I really didn't really have high expectations for today, but if I thought about it, I would have remembered that we got a dusting of snow down in Canmore on Sunday night, too. I should have realized that a whack of snow would have fallen up high, and the winds would have done a good job of blowing it around, covering up the ice crusts of Sunday. Would it be enough?
And that's what I found on a bluebird morning: at least 5 cm...
|9:45 AM tracks on Gold Gladerunner|
|10:00 tracks heading towards Gold Scapegoat|
|10:30 tracks on Rolling Thunder|
|Acres of fresh in No Man's Land|
|My tracks coming out of Wildside Right|
|Between the first and second rocks on the left was awesome|
|A super sweet powder field at the base of Stampede/Saddledome|
|Looking back up Stampede|
|Looking straight up Renegade. Think Again to the left, Stampede to the right|
|Trail sign in the middle of nowhere, with fab powder all around. Eagle Basin to the left.|
I played in this space for 2 hrs in the morning, rarely seeing another soul. Many of the tracks in the above photos are mine. Finally I headed up to the village due to hunger. It was OK but not nearly as nice up there. Bye Bye Bowl was blown clear of powder, and the only really nice stuff I found was on Assiniboine Flats and down in the trees between Angel Flight and Green Run near Piccadilly Circus. In the afternoon, it socked in on Divide but not on Goat's Eye, so after 4 runs I headed back to the Goat and continued to play in the chutes, still by myself, still making mostly freshies. The snow, however, had changed and by 3 PM was showing temperature and sun effects up high, and was getting noticeably wetter and heavier. Down low in the shadow of the Eagles it stayed fine. I suspect tomorrow it will be a might bit crusty up high.
So it was an unexpectedly wicked day.