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 13: A lucky day

Apr 13: A lucky day

Those who believe Friday the 13th is unlucky weren’t at Sunshine today, enjoying winter conditions and a bunch of fresh powder. The hill was initially reporting 5 cm but that was boosted to 9 cm (when folks went outside, I think!). I found a mixed bag of 2-12 cm depending on where I was. The […]

Apr 4: Killer pow at K-Pow

Apr 4: Killer pow at K-Pow

I had a rare and pretty darned special opportunity to spend the day cat skiing at K-Pow’s operation at Fortress Mountain. The temps were very good, starting the day at ~-15° and getting up into the -5° range. There was enough diffuse sunlight to see well but not enough sun strength to cause a change […]

Apr 3: Sun, then not sun

Apr 3: Sun, then not sun

The day sure started pretty, if a bit cold. It was -13° up on the Goat when I took that pic, and the fairly light wind felt brisk. Untracked pow was limited, but I did get some very sweet mostly untracked turns in SkiGazm and the Powder Triangle up on the Goat (left and right […]

Mar 30: Changing

Mar 30: Changing

It was quite a nice morning up at Sunshine; at least 5-6 cm had fallen, there were spots of sun… …temps were quite pleasant at -3° or so, there were snow squalls moving through so occasional blizzards… …and I thought it was shaping up to be a nice day. Then the front hit. At 10 […]

Mar 28: Variable

Mar 28: Variable

First off, I did ski last Saturday, but was slammed and by Monday morning when I could have posted, I figured it was too late to be useful to anyone. My apologies. There were actually a lot of similarities between Saturday and today. Both featured variable light conditions, from bright sun to cloudy to flat […]