Jan 13: Celebs and sun

Beautiful blue skies, light wind and excellent snow coverage today, but not a whole lot in the way of powder. Since there hasn’t been a whole lot of fresh snow in the last few days, mostly stuff is firming up. The top of Divide is quite scraped for the first 3 turns, then it’s fine. […]

Jan 12: 10¢ per run?

This is Powderwatch.com, not HardPackWatch.com, so I was tempted to not post a condition report today. We spent the day not at my usual haunt but instead at Norquay. Why? The second Thursday of every month is Tooney Thursday, and lift tickets cost $2. Even I can be bought for that. The downside to Norquay […]

Jan 9: It’s howling again

It was a day for the hardy only. The wind was averaging 60-75 km/hr on the top of Goat’s Eye with higher gusts, and the chair was stopping frequently due to the wind gusts, and only running really slowly when it was moving (the Gondola was also creeping along). Consequently, ride times on the Goat […]

Jan 7: Goofing in the pow

A fair crowd today (cars parked 2.9 km down the road) were out enjoying all the fresh snow. It was a cold feeling day though only -10° or so, and the sun poked through occasionally, giving generally good light for the day, even though it snowed most of the afternoon. Due to my SnowHosting duties, […]

Jan 6: Pow, pow & more pow. Now if the viz would cooperate…

The hill reported 24 cm overnight, on top of 21 cm that fell yesterday. My inspections on various parts of the hill suggest 45 cm in 2 days was a bit generous, but not by much. For instance, here’s the new snow depth on the steep pitch of Rolling Thunder, in a spot that was […]

Jan 4: Not the “R” Word on the hill, but close

It was one of those days to get there early and give up early. Early AM was OK if you like fast groomed hardpack (which I do) and strong winds on Goat’s Eye (will these things EVER quit? It’s been 2 weeks). Still, below treeline it was just fine. The hill said 4 cm overnight, […]