April 07, 2000
Beautiful spring day and some decent skiing too
It was a beautiful hot sunny day, but the pattern for good skiing was reversed from most Fernie spring days in that the North facing slopes were the place to be. The hot sun quickly turned yesterday's powder into sticky goop on the slopes with Southern exposure, but on South side of Currie, Cedar Ridge and (I heard) Easter Bowl, there were still nice powder turns to be had well into the afternoon.
Down low things got pretty sticky in places, even in the early afternoon, and this could lead to impromptu close up inspections of your tips if you weren't ready for the sudden deaccelerations. A couple of freeze thaw cycles are needed to generate corn out of the new snow, although I wouldn't sneeze at some more fresh snow either. That doesn't look too imminent though, given the clear blue skies.
All in all it was a pretty good day, particularly for late in the season. At
quarter to six my sun baked porch is cooking at 16 C, but my wife reports the
van thermometer read a more reasonable 9 C as she returned from her umpteenth
daily trip to town.