Thursday, 3 March 2011

Ski Day 21: Blue sky, finally

Vert: 9,385 m;   YTD Cum Vert: 164,995 m
Runs: 17;   YTD Cum Runs: 291

Carol should have been with me today. The day dawned cold (-22°) in Canmore but Banff was reporting only -7° and the morning temps on the hill were a really nice -8°, made nicer by the beautiful, endless blue skies and warm sun.

The 13 cm overnight didn't hurt, either.

So it was a fantastic morning, with freshies as far as the eye could see, and some super light knee deep fluffy stuff in the trees. I give you Goat's Head Soup, from the top, where I got first tracks on 4 consecutive runs...
...and in the trees in the lower section...
...Wildfire in the shadows...

 ...and Rolling Thunder in the sunshine (pardon my thumb in the upper right corner).
They opened the South Side chutes late morning, and seeing that, I scooted down and across the Cleavage traverse, getting in the lower section first before anyone had made it down that far. Sweet (so long as you stayed out of the avi debris).

Alas, the sun was not to last. The winds picked up before lunch, the temps started dropping, and by 1:30 PM it was socked in and snowing, giving crappy viz in blowing and falling snow. This was part the way down skier's right in Bye Bye Bowl, about the time I decided to bail.
Shame, too, as while the light was good, I was having a lot of fun in there in boot top deep powder.

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