Craig's Report - September 06, 2005
Endings and Beginnings
With the passing of the Labour Day weekend, so ends the summer chair lift season and with it, the crash and rattle of downhill steeds and the whoops of delight, surprise and sometimes terror of their armoured riders. What begins, appropriately heralded by some frost on the lawn this morning, is the long informal count down to snow and the growl of equipment as the hill begins its preparations.
For our family, the long weekend was marked by a trip to Edmonton to install our first born in university there. For his mother and I this proved to be a surprisingly melancholy end to a precious period of our lives and for him a terrifying beginning to what will hopefully quickly become an exciting and rewarding new life.
It therefore seemed an appropriate time to end my summer long break from report writing and take the camera out to record any new beginnings on the mountain.
First up is what appears to be the beginning of a new building for the Timberline Lodges. The trees have been cleared right back to the property line on the lower portion of the property and a suitably big hole is appearing. The earth from this hole seems to be finding a home up on the mountain, with some appearing to be destined for covering the stream beside the administration building and some going up to the base of the Bear Express.
Over in Currie a large cat has been scratching away on lower Barracuda, apparently with the aim of pushing enough earth down to re-contour the exit onto Gilmar's Trail and to create a new path over to the skier's left of the gully. This is probably a good idea, although from a selfish point of view, it does mean some of the the hordes that usually pour down Gilmar's will find their way onto my preferred exits. :-)
I wasn't up in Timber Bowl today, but a walk last week revealed the source of at least some of the logs that have been coming off of the mountain. A stand of trees between upper Highline and Heartland has been removed to make a more obvious route to the skier's right. There hasn't been any work done in Siberia Bowl though, at least none obvious to a brain starved of oxygen by the uphill slog.
I haven't noticed the alder whacking crew all summer and feared their work was done, but as I drifted into Lizard Bowl by way of Megasaurus today, the buzz of the chain saws greeted me and sure enough they were up munching on the side of Easter Bowl. Perhaps there is still hope for places like Steep and Deep.
I am sure other stuff is happening which I haven't noticed, but even so, it seems like a good beginning.
At 18:00 it is a beautiful clear evening down at the house. The thermometer is claiming 29 C, but that is with the sun shining right on it - it is probably really in the low 20s.