I had planned a day of rest today, but about one o'clock I noticed little black
shapes scurrying through Currie. That and the relatively clear skies were enough
to convince Chris and I to grab a quick run up there before collecting the kids
from their ski lessons.
Even from the bottom it appeared that folks seemed to be sitting right on top of the snow, rather than sinking into the big fluffy clouds as you might expect given the 90 cm of snow received in the last week.
Sure enough the snow in Currie was very dense and you only sank in a few centimeters.
It was almost like a crust except you stayed on top and it carved in the most
delightful way. This was really the ticket for skiing steeps and while I really
like powder, this rather strange stuff was right up there on my smile meter.
Since it was clear, I of course had to take pictures which I can't really fit into the narrative, so I'll just babble on about them for a bit.
This one shows a portion of the only beginner run in Currie. One didn't see
folks exactly snow plowing down here and in fact the hill had posted a warning
at the Currie entrance warning there was no easy way down. The Corner Pocket
and Saddles are in the upper center of the picture.
While this picture might make you think it was crusty, it really wasn't. Well
perhaps a bit farther down, but just a little bit. Certainly it was carving
snow though and I doubt serious tail skidders would have enjoyed it.
It was such a nice day that even my normally apathetic 11 year old was up for some more runs after we gathered the kids, so he and I zoomed back to Currie. I took this shot of the Currie side of Timber ridge as further evidence for the folks who sometimes ask if Fernie will have anything steep enough to challenge them. If the thought of skiing this stuff doesn't get your pulse up, I would suggest you check out either the defibrillator market or life insurance rates.
We finished off with a family run in the gentle trees in Siberia. This was perhaps a little more crust like, but responded nicely to a gentle touch or better yet, the feather weight of a 7 year old.
All in all it was a very pleasant afternoon for a non skiing day. <g>
At 6:10 PM it is just about 0 C at the house and a little too dark to tell if the sky is clear or not (I think so).
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