Week In Review

January 31, 2010 at 23:03 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Last Monday, Don, Colin, Chris and I headed up to Downing Mountain’s back bowls. The weather was variable sunny and we skied a few runs on the crown. It was a pleasant day out on nice terrain with good surface conditions. Making the most of it with our shallow base, the surface conditions have been remarkably pleasant. Tuesday I hauled another load of firewood to the lodge as with the constant demand this winter we have been going through quite a bit more than last year. Wednesday, I toured out the Continental Divide with Don, Joe, Greg, and Bob and with the fresh snow and fat skis enjoyed some decent powder skiing on the old tracks in the meadows. With only about three feet of snow total there was some rotten sugar snow to be wary of sinking into on occasiion. On Friday, Bob, Joe, Don and I skied an obscure west face up Lost Horse Canyon and found some beautiful terrain on a 2000′ falline, decent snow with no wind affect, hot sunshine and NO other tracks. By the end of the day wet slides were a worry on south and west faces. Saturday’s crusts, found me skiing with Colin and Erik and we toured up St Joseph Peak to ski the north and south aspects, finding great terrain, decent coverage and variable snow with wind crusts on north and south aspects as well as weak sun crusts on east aspects and bomber sun crusts on south aspects. I forgot my camera each day, for shame as there were some great photo opps especially on the blue bird day up Lost Horse. My partners remembered theirs so I hope to snag a few before too long. This passed week was my best of the season with the new snow having freshened up the slopes nicely and the continued settling and strengthening of the 3-4 four base making for a continuing better platform. We do however need a good storm yet to seal us in for the winter and some wind would be nice to get some snow under the trees and into the typically windloaded bowls and couloirs. Hopefully this storm will materialize before April!

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  1. “Hopefully this storm will materialize before April!”…Man, I’m really starting to wonder. Still good turns out there though, I’m sure you’re finding them too.

    Cheers,

    Jeff


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