Once again powderwatch has been down for several days due to a nasty hijacking by some misguided youths from Indonesia.  This time I sucked it up and wasted the better part of a Sunday followed by three late nights to remove their taint once and for all (I hope).  I’m now more prepared with a clean backup so if they do manage to get back in, it won’t be for long.

But more importantly, WE HAVE SNOW!!!  It’s falling everywhere now – from Utah to the Yukon.  But the big buzz around Calgary is a 40cms of snowfall at Revelstoke on Tues/Weds.  The highway was closed cutting of the powder chasers from Calgary.  This afternoon Revelstoke was reporting 8cms but by 9:30PM that has increased to 24cms.    Look out Revy, the Calgary hoards have you in their crosshairs.  But on Feb 12 you had it all to yourself and as theses pics demonstrate… it was epic!!

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Now let’s pay a little respect to Whistler.  Locals must be brimming with joy and relief this week as the clouds burst and slathered the alpine bowls in sweet pow.  The report is a whopping 35cms in 24hrs and 48 in 48.  The post header is a rad shot from Whistler, but I absolutely love this one!!!  Nice work Logan!

Screenshot 2014-02-13 21.51.23Jumping back to the Columbia Valley… we had fantastic snow at both Panorama and Kicking Horse.  Kicking Horse is reporting 30cms in 48hrs and they have another 10cms so far this evening.  Can conditions improve since this shot was taken?  You bet!

Screenshot 2014-02-13 21.24.05Plenty of snow down at Castle and Fernie too!  How bad were things getting down in Fernie?  Check out an excerpt from Craig’s Feb 11th post on red tree.com/far:

Drought Relief

It has been cold and snowless in Fernie for weeks now, but today brought 15+ cm of new powder, combined with comfortable temperatures and even blue sky for most of the day. Even my current skiing ambivalence was no match for that, so I headed out to the slopes for the first time in a long time.

Suffice to say it was as good or better than I hoped. By afternoon the only thing on the board still red was Cedar High Traverse, so there was no shortage of nice soft turns. The harder stuff was still under there though, so more moderate slopes seemed nicer than steeper or more trafficked stuff. For instance, Red Tree good, KC Chutes, well still good, but not as much.

Alas it was so nice, combined with the unusual experience of not skiing alone, that I never managed to take any pictures. Just imagine a nice untracked field of powder though and you will get an idea of what I should have taken.

Significantly more snow is forecast for tonight and tomorrow, but some reports suggest perhaps too much of a rebound from the frigid weather and even some mention of that R stuff. I will assume those are the incorrect ones.”

The rest of the report is worth a read: http://www.redtree.com/far.

Fernie is reporting 25cms in 48hrs and Castle is reporting 36cms in 48hrs.  You will find some wicked turns down at Castle.  But in my opinion, the best snow is further north.

But let’s get back to some great pics shall we?  Sunshine has received 15cms a day for the last two days and let’s hope that trend continues.  What does 30cms of fresh look like?  Looks pretty sweet but I’m betting there is even better snow to be found.  Watch for a new Ryder Report to confirm my suspicions.Screenshot 2014-02-13 21.23.31


I can’t sign off without mentioning Lake Louise.  They’re only reporting 20cms in 48hrs but the pic below indicates that the skiing might be a lot deeper in the back bowls.  I’m planning to head up to Louise this weekend – for my first visit of the season.  I can’t believe I just said that… First visit in mid Feb?  Something is seriously out of whack this season.

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If you’ve made it this far then you must be a loyal powder watcher 🙂  Thanks for coming back!  There have been times over the last 10 years when I wonder why I put so much time into this website.  Since the site was first hacked in early January I’ve had to seriously think about whether or not I want to continue doing this.  After grinding on my computer for the last 4 days, I have to say there’s something in me that won’t let me quit.  I really do love the research and why not put that information to good use by sharing it with you.  When I see some of the amazing shots coming out of the resorts over the last few days, I can’t help but carry on.  Powderwatch is for the people who don’t have the time or the inclination to troll around the multitude of ski web sites.  The Ryder report provides regular and candid reports on Sunshine Village that you just can’t find anywhere else.  I hope you find some enjoyment in what we do and I sincerely hope it helps you find the best snow out there.



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