November 15, 1999
A Hardly Hopeful Homecoming
It has been a week and a half since my last report and my email is reporting some unrest in the hinterland. Although I guess I don't need one, I do have a good excuse this time. Our family was off to oh so bustling Toronto to celebrate my wife's grandmother's 100th birthday. This woman is not some confused and feeble elder wheeled out for a brief ceremony in the home, but rather an elegant and remarkable woman who pranced through a series of parties and receptions that left the younger folks (gee I like using that term in reference to myself) wilted and moaning about our sore feet. Cool!
The snow we encountered in Calgary upon our return was encouraging, but as we drove South on Sunday, the temperature rose until it was in the high teens (Celsius) as we passed through the Crowsnest Pass. What is more the creeks and rivers were roiling muddy torrents that suggested spring runoff rather than placid fall freeze up. It turns out that a warm week was capped off with a couple of days of torrential rain and yes it toasted most of the snow that was on the hill. On a stroll up to the top of Bear today, I did not encounter any significant snow until the top of the Boom chair and a truck had managed to drive up to the very top. I heard a rumour that they have already pushed the tentative opening date back to December 4th and I would certainly be concerned if I had a ski trip planned for early December. Still things can change very fast here and it is certainly possible to go from nothing to great skiing in just a week. Of course it is also possible to sit at nothing for a month yet. :-( Stay tuned.
At 7:30 PM it is 3 C and presumably cloudy as I can't find any stars in the