It was almost a bluebird sunny day up at Sunshine today, with the real upside being an utter lack of wind.
|The village at noon|
When I was last up on Monday, there was more fresh snow than I had ever skied. Well, it took a week, but it's mostly tracked out. Mostly. I'll tell you where it wasn't in a moment.
The wind certainly made Bye Bye Bowl a mess. Despite 90 cm last week, there's more exposed rock at the top and skier's left than there has been since it opened. It's also wind crusted and quite the challenge. Not recommended.
One of my favourite powder stashes, to skier's left of the terrain park, looks untracked and powderfull. But it's solid, unbreakable windslabs. Not recommended.
The rest of the hill? Wonderful cruising. Lots and lots and lots of awesome turns to be had -- and I personally think the snow is better on Goat's Eye than up on Divide. Divide seems to be firmer, likely due to the wind. Assiniboine Flats still has some untracked, but it's wind crusted and not that deep. The Laryx/Dirty Little Corner face still holds some, but it's boot top at best.
We absolutely lucked out today, as more terrain opened. We were at the top of Goat's Eye when they dropped the rope and opened Gold Afterburner (fantastic grooming) and also the access to the traverse to Gold Scapegoat and beyond.
|The traverse access|
|Just before opening|
|A 60 cm pole test|
|A 37 cm pole test|
|Me, unweighted, almost out of the snow|
|Maybe you can see them if you blow this photo up|
|You probably can't see them, but they're there|