Craig's Report - April 11, 2007
The End is Nigh - Again
The Fernie ski season is drawing to a close and my yard is now almost clear of snow, the locker room is shedding locks and visitors are becoming rare. Still with only four days of lift service left, the Griz can still dish out a potpourri of snow conditions, most of which have been pretty good. The range of conditions over the last few days has been dramatic. Last weekend brought near summer conditions with sun and temperatures soaring into the high teens (C). Tropical shirts sprouted on the hill. Monday was "Build an Ark" day with downpours extending up beyond the top of the lifts and me cowering indoors. I heard nothing to suggest this wasn't the wisest course of action.
The rain persisted through Monday, but up on the mountain turned to snow over night - lots of it. Although it snowed at the house Tuesday morning and the grass briefly turned a bit white, it did not come close to preparing one for the full on winter blizzard conditions up on the mountain. Visibility wasn't the greatest, but the skiing was superb and the few folks on the hill just weren't able to maintain the usual rate of snow compaction.
That brings us to today, which saw warmer conditions and denser snow, but still had abundant freshies left over at the end of the day. Up top the skiing was again very nice, with the dense snow allowing you to ski just about anything you wanted with relative ease, as long as it wasn't low and flat. Down low the warm temperatures combined with on again off again snow showers may have set some sort of record for afternoon stickiness. I thought I might have to skate down Meadow and straight lining Incline barely produced enough speed to reach the base. As for the trek out of Red Tree. the best that could be said was that it was aerobic.
Coverage remains good for this time of year and while there are bare patches on some lower runs, so far they are easy to navigate around and not really an issue. With 288 cm still showing up at the Bear snow plot, the upper mountain is obviously still in fine shape.
The weather cycled between snow showers that sometimes cut visibility to near zero and gorgeous sunshine today, but at 18:00 the sun is again shining down here at the base and the porch thermometer reads 8 C.