February 13, 2001
Relying on the Kindness of Strangers
Through the generosity of a small company in Calgary and the fact a single
web page can have elements from several servers, reports once again have pictures.
Hopefully last week's crisis is now pretty much resolved although some glitches
are likely to turn up and the servers that make up the site will have to be
monitored closely for awhile. These kind folks did not even want any acknowledgment
of their contribution, so we are all jointly at bit beholden to mysterious strangers.
Blanche would approve. ;-)
Off run the combination of a week with virtually no snow, weekend crowds, and colder temperatures has eliminated most of the soft pack in the more accessible areas. There is some soft snow about though and I even got a few nice powder turns on upper snake ridge, but after those the alders closed in and the few channels out were infested with firm moguls. Steep slopes with tight alders and moguls are apparently something I need more practice on. :-)
On the bright side the rocks and pebbles that had been reemerging on the weekend, seem to have been beaten back somewhat by the local grooming wizards (Has ever has so much been owed ... whoops, sorry - wrong war). This does not mean there aren't still rock hazards and I sometimes wonder if those of us who have been skiing here all winter might not have the routines ingrained in us by now. Over to the left now, then quick right, dip into the gully here - rocks, nope I didn't see any rocks. ;-) However if there is no more snow for this coming big holiday weekend, I suspect they won't be hard to find.
The Face Lift was open today and it is amusing how high you have to climb up onto the causeway they have built to get up to where the cable runs even with the lower wheel at its lowest position. I went to Snake rather than straight down, but the snow up there seemed pretty nice as it has been spared the hordes.
My kid's basketball game and other things have rather delayed this report, so at 9:00 PM it is -10 C with nice bright stars. :-(