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, […]

May 2: Winter and powder

May 2: Winter and powder

You kinda can’t complain when you get off the gondola at the Goat on May 2, and it looks like this: The hill was reporting 12 cm overnight, and that’s about what I found. There were spots where it was deeper, but only due to wind transport. The best part: it was that dry, dusty […]

Apr 12: Sun, then not, then sun

Apr 12: Sun, then not, then sun

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m seeing less and less accuracy to the ski area weather forecasts I pay attention to lately. Today was supposed to be overcast all day with the possibility of snow through the day, according to both Snow-Forecast and EnviroCan. Well, it was an almost bluebird day when we arrived, and […]

Mar 28: Winter in spots

Mar 28: Winter in spots

Sorry for the delayed post. It’s back to being winter in spots up at Sunshine. On arrival, we skied the Goat as usual… …and found mostly winter conditions above the “Silver Bench” (what the hill calls the Sunshine Coast middle traverse). In fact, aside from feeling a bit “dust on crust” in the thinner spots, […]

Mar 23: 11-4

Mar 23: 11-4

Sorry for not posting yesterday; it was First Aid Refresher day. And, as luck would have it, without knowing much about conditions, I was assigned a tour today (a nice couple from St. Louis, and a gentleman from Florida). I got up to the village at 9 and was met with those concrete conditions that […]

Mar 16: Late but great

Mar 16: Late but great

My post is late as I had guests in all weekend. I’m a big believer in up to date info, so this is a bit dated, but could be helpful anyway. A high haze for most of the day on Saturday kept the light OK but prevented the sun from really affecting the snow. While […]

Mar 15: Superb snow

Mar 15: Superb snow

Good to be back home today for some fantastic powder up at Sunshine. It was a little hazy to start the day… …but the sun came around often enough to make the viz generally just fine. The hill was reporting 10 cm overnight, and I found that in most places. Since I was last at […]