Saturday, 8 January 2011

Ski Day 9: Pow-Pow

Vert: 8,550 m YTD Cum Vert: 75,180 m
Runs: 14 YTD Cum Runs: 136

The reports said 9 cm overnight and 25 cm in the last 3 days. This was an understatement. We arrived to boot-top to knee deep powder shots for the majority of the morning. The viz wasn't the best, but it cleared a bit just before noon.

It was the kinda dump that put +6" on top of all of the groomed stuff. It was the kinda dump that made for floating tree shots.

The roads weren't the best (or, by reports from folks we spoke to, at least the section from Canmore to Sunshine wasn't good), but it didn't keep everyone away. Crowds appeared at Goat's Eye by 10 AM, and while we ran into very few lift lines all day, most of the easy powder lines were gone by noon. But we were still playing in knee deep fresh stuff at 2:30 when we had to leave to catch tonight's basketball games. Maybe fortunately, it socked in as the afternoon progressed and started snowing, too, so leaving wasn't that awful. The temps were moderate at -9° C in the AM and -5° C around noon, but got noticeably colder as the afternoon progressed.

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