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, and I report for Powderwatch.com primarily on Sunshine Village. While I learned how to ski in Ontario in the mid 1970’s, I started skiing Sunshine in 1978, when there was no gondola and they still used busses to get up to the village. For 15 some years, I averaged 12 skiing days per season, all but one or two of which were at Sunshine. Then I joined the CFCN (now CTV Calgary) ski team, and that bumped me to almost 20 days per season, and took me to all the major resorts near Calgary, plus a bunch of minor ones, too (insert fond memories of a day at Hidden Valley in the Cypress Hills here). A few years back, I bought a place near Canmore and jumped to 30 ski days per year. In early 2010, I retired, and during the 2010-2011 season, I got in 54 ski days. Now fully retired, I live near Canmore, and I ride 70-90 days a season, most of them at Sunshine. In 2012, I joined the hill’s SnowHost program (working mostly Saturdays), and am always be happy to say hi and take you for mountain tours on Saturdays during the 2017-2018 season. So, full disclosure: I am a part time employee of Sunshine.
However, as past readers of Powderwatch.com’s User Ski Reports will probably attest, SnowHost or not, my reports are factual and accurate. Here’s what I’ll tell you every day I ski:
New snow depth, for real, measured at various spots, with my pole (which has depth markings on it).
- Weather conditions. Was it so foggy you couldn’t see? Or so clear you could see Vancouver? So cold you couldn’t move? Or so warm the snow was turning to slop? So windy you couldn’t make it down the hill?
- Time stamping on my photos. You’ll know what it looked like, and when.
- How busy was it? Were there lift lines? How long were the lift lines?
- Where the best tracks were that I found, and where you can find powder (since this is PowderWatch, after all!), complete with photos.
- Goat’s Eye’s front faces and trees (from Gold Afterburner all the way across);
- Goat’s Eye’s South Side Chutes from the Road down;
- Bye Bye Bowl
- Viking Ridge, Hill 205 and the whole face between Boundary Bowl and the Pockets (including the Pockets)