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, […]

Dec 15: Blustery, then less blustery

Dec 15: Blustery, then less blustery

Today did not start well, but it had a pretty killer ending. Despite another 10 cm overnight, the morning dawned windy as all heck. Gusts at the top of the mountain were in the low 60’s, but across the Ecstasy face (the windiest spot at Sunshine) they were breaking 100 km/hr. Accordingly, Angel and Divide […]

Dec 14: Powder blue!

Dec 14: Powder blue!

A big storm hit Wednesday night and Thursday and left this its wake: The hill was reporting 24 cm in 24 hrs and 57 cm in this storm cycle, and I believe every centimetre of it. And it was freaking great… especially after 10:30 AM, when the wind died, the clouds cleared, and this was […]

Dec 12: Pow day!

Dec 12: Pow day!

A lot of folks on the hill today seem surprised that we got snow. I’ve been tracking this storm coming since last Saturday, and I expect more over the next few days, too. The hill was reporting 17 cm, and that’s pretty much what I found most places I looked. It skied like this. The […]

Dec 8: Skiin’ a Blue Streak

Dec 8: Skiin’ a Blue Streak

It was bluebird today, and skied just as fast as yesterday. I (with my fine partner Armin) took out a fine couple for a tour today. Originally from Iran, they came to Canada less than a decade ago, and took up skiing only 4 years ago (because, as they said, “winters in Canada are long, […]

Dec 7: Fast

Dec 7: Fast

First off, apologies for the short hiatus. I had a problem with my back that turns out wasn’t as serious as first thought, so I ended up with 12 days off skiing. But I’m back now… If you have read this blog for any length of time, you’l have seen me write: “There are powder […]