Just who is this Ryder dude?

Just who is this Ryder dude?

Greetings, and welcome to The Ryder Report on Powderwatch.com, your source for up to the minute snow condition reports Sunshine Village (and occasionally other major ski resorts) in the Canadian Rockies. It’s probably worthwhile for you to know just who is doing the reporting here. I have been skiing the Rockies for over 30 years, […]

Apr 14: A season ender?

Apr 14: A season ender?

The hill was reporting 6 cm overnight, which I figured would offer “dust on crust” conditions, given that it got to +6° in the village yesterday. And that was the case, in places. But the top of Goat’s Eye was winter all day today (and probably yesterday, too), and picked up a bunch of blow […]

April 4: Not spring… but not quite winter…

April 4: Not spring… but not quite winter…

It snowed a bunch up at Sunshine on Saturday and Sunday, but I went up to work today not sure what to expect. We’ve hit the season where the sun can have a substantial effect on the conditions, as can temperature (though temperature itself isn’t as impactful). Skiing around the hill today made it clear that the […]

Mar 31: Bluebird Powder Glory

Mar 31: Bluebird Powder Glory

‘Twas an absolutely spectacular day today. Beautiful blue skies… …and great powder. 11 cm fell yesterday, but I had it on good authority that the viz sucked and the hill was not that busy. Another 5 cm fell overnight so finding this… …was pretty darned easy. Though much got skied out fairly early, I was still […]

Mar 25: Lots of weather, lots of pow

Mar 25: Lots of weather, lots of pow

The weather today was all over the map. It started with a fabulous sunrise. Through the day, there was blue sky and sun, sun and snowing, it was sometimes overcast and snowing… …there was overcast and flat light, there was zero viz in snow showers, and sometimes everything in one run. At one point early this afternoon, […]