Welcome back to season 2015/16. It seems a bit crazy to me but I’ve been doing this powderwatch thing for 15 years now. I’m sure success is right around the corner now!!! If the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over but expecting a different result then I guess I’m certifiably insane. But here we go with another season and I’ve got great hopes that this is going to be a really good one.
This fall has been unusually warm in Calgary and we were well into October with very little snow in the mountains. But look at what we have at Lake Louise today?!? Was this photo staged? OK, it probably was. But who cares, if you can kick up that kind of pow with 18cms of fresh snow then I’m thinking I’m ready to strap the boards on and get me some of that .
Why am I excited about skiing today? Because my friends, I am a snow snob. I would much rather get out and ski in knee deep powder than cruise down a sweet little groomer. It’s the very reason I started powderwatch 15 years ago. I was tired of resorts lying to me about excellent conditions when it was hard pack, icy, or dust on crust. They’ve gotten much better over the years but they’re still not going to tell you when the surface is mostly icy and you won’t get great value for your hard earned dollar. That’s where I come in!! Well… that’s where I used to come in. Now I’m getting a little more complacent and there are times that I’d rather take my pup out for a stroll in the snow that sit at the computer diligently checking conditions for the mute fans that frequent powderwatch. Seriously, I’ve often asked for help to keep this website accurate and timely but only Derek Ryder has stepped up to the plate year after year.
But I digress. I’m here to talk about snow snobbery. My guess is that if you’re a regular visitor to powderwatch over the last 15 years then you’re probably a snow snob too. I will now ask a simple question, “what gets your heart pumping more? The cool powder shot above or the lame snowboarder below?” There’s a reason people go to Warren Miller films, buy Powder magazine, pay thousands of dollars for cat and heli-skiing, and hike for hours into the backcountry for a few runs on virgin powder. Powder skiing rules!!!! If you don’t like going skiing when it hasn’t snowed for a few weeks, that’s ok. It’s your right to choose. And I gotta say, “I like the way you think!”
Now based on some predictions the El Nino (or is it La Nina?) is going to bring warmer temperatures this winter and epic amounts of snow. The warmer temperatures have been evident for the last two and half months. Now I’d like to see some of that epic snow. Lake Louise has had decent snowfall lately and certainly a good early season day today. Honestly, I amazed conditions look so good after the prolonged Indian summer we had this fall. A colleague at work was cross country skiing at Lake Louise on Wednesday and he said conditions were as good as it gets. That’s what I like to hear in November! Now let’s hope for a much better season than last year and there will be no more talk of snow snobs. We’ll all be enjoying the powder and getting out to the mountains on a much more regular basis.