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 I used to hang out in when I lived in Ontario (oh, so many years ago). So I played SnowHost even though I was off duty, and we zipped all over the mountain.
I was personally hoping for more sun; alas, it was not to be. It started fairly overcast…
…and never really improved, resulting in flat light conditions through the full day.
At times, the light was VERY flat, and places like the top of Standish were… interesting… to ski (I’m just glad I know the hill so well).
There are some bits of softer snow around, but only bits. So we mostly stuck to the groomers, which were a lot of fun (but I’ve now been skiing mostly groomers since January 4, so am… looking for something new?). It got up to -6° in the village today and -10° ish at the top. Winds were kinda steady at 20-30 km/hr all day, blowing right up your back on Divide, so noticeable on Strawberry and Standish, and at the top of Divide when you got off the chair.
So conditions these days are much like rules: hard and fast. I’m seeing snow coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but… it’s associated with a cold front that’s gonna make temps just plummet to the -20°’s and lower for Sunday and all through next week. Temps could be in the -30°s up on the hill by mid-week. The cold snap we’ve missed so far this winter is coming. So get out this week and enjoy what we have while it’s warm enough to enjoy it.