Craig's Report - February 16, 2005
I must confess I had some trouble finding the motivation to
do a report today, so this will be pretty basic. It's not
that there isn't some pretty fine skiing out there, but I guess
after a couple of really good weekend feasts, I am having
trouble enjoying the left overs.
After an impressive helicopter bombardment yesterday, the
avalanche board is now completely green and I am sure there
was some excellent powder for those who caught the openings
on places like Snake Ridge. However fluffy turns were
becoming hard to find by this afternoon, leaving a diet of
generally tasty moguls and excellent groomed, with the odd
spot of crud and dash of hard pack thrown in for seasoning.
Down low there was the odd rock or brown spot and the usual
high traffic trouble makers, like lower North Ridge, were
again starting to be a bit of a pain.
It was a gorgeous blue sky day today and while it might have
been a bit nippy this morning, by the time I straggled out
well past noon, it was quite pleasant. As it comes up on six
in the evening, the porch thermometer is reporting -6 C
under a cloudless sky.
The view from the Snake Ridge above Gorby Bowl. The top of
Spruce and the Haul Back are just about in the center of the
picture, with North Ridge coming down from the upper right.
Alas I suspect that many favoured haunts this year will
remain in the kingdom of the alder right through the season.
The view from the base, with the bottom of Incline in the
center. I have never seen so much snowmaking at Fernie. I
think I counted nine guns operating today with two more shut
Bear Ridge from the top of the Boomerang chair was pretty
typical of the soft packed runs available today.
I rarely think the Meat Hook is worth the trip when it is
empty and can't imagine what it would take to justify this
line. Otherwise things were busier than they have been, but
at least late in the day I usually ended riding the lifts
Lizard Bowl from below Easter Bowl.
Cornice corona! An impressive light display was provided by
the sun and blowing snow above the top of the White Pass lift.
In the weeds in Currie. I dislike the busy Gilmar's trail
(center across the gully) even when there is lots of base
and these days sometimes go to extremes to avoid it.