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, […]

Feb 16: Snow then sun then snow

Feb 16: Snow then sun then snow

It was a “if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes” kinda day. It started overcast and snowing with ~6 cm overnight. The viz up top was pretty dismal, though the snow was pretty wonderful (or at least what you could see of it. Not much had changed by noon… We headed out on […]

Feb 15: Sunny then snow

Feb 15: Sunny then snow

MY cold finally abated, THE cold finally abated, and it was time to get back to the hill. It was pretty and sunny this morning, far nice than the forecasts called for. Those said it was going to be socked in and snowing all day. That took until the afternoon to happen. I spent the […]

Feb 2: Deep pow*

Feb 2: Deep pow*

The hill was reporting 25 cm and I found that and more everywhere I looked today. It was indeed everywhere, and it was even deeper in the lee of anything, because that asterisk in the title is there because it was windy as all get out today. In fact, the weather was really “interesting” today: […]

Feb 1: Fab riding, if…

Feb 1: Fab riding, if…

…you could see it. There were certainly challenging spots where you couldn’t see it at all. I didn’t even try to take a picture of Bye Bye Bowl from the Angel Bench, because it simply wasn’t there. The combination of overcast and heavy snowfall meant you HAD to stay in trees everywhere. The Goat was […]

Jan 30: It’s like the rules

Jan 30: It’s like the rules

I had the privilege today of taking some of the volunteers and interns, who work with me at Alberta Parks Ecology, up for a day of bopping around. One was born and raised in the French alps and now lives in Paris; another was from northern Germany, and the third was from a tiny town […]

Jan 26: “Warm” and Sunny

Jan 26: “Warm” and Sunny

The morning was kind of overcast with flat light and the odd bit of sun… But by 10:30, the clouds were mostly gone and the sun was out. And for most of the afternoon, it was mostly bluebird. I mentioned “warm.” It was only -4° in the village to start the day, and it made […]