Starting very mild last Thursday the atmosphere was ripe once the wind whipped up in the afternoon, and we saw 4cm fall in very short time for some softening on the groomers. Chatting during après with a colleague who’d been out in Taynton for last run, the good news was that the wind had loaded hard and fast – that 4cm in the plot had become boot deep in Ktunaxa in no time at all!! (I asked twice and had it verified by others in the group – I thought I’d misheard!!) Friday was, consequently, a pretty fun day, and tracks through Jekyll and Hyde had plenty of that deep fresh to get amongst.
The new snow and extensive grooming program provided plenty of nice, smooth snow through Founders Ridge and Sun Bowl over the weekend, and getting away from the beaten path nearer the chairlifts was a joy in afternoon rays for some tranquil, languid turns, especially on Sunday afternoon where the day was true to it’s name! Popping off into trees could still find you some frontside soft powder among packed bumps.
The new work week put me in the office Monday morning (luckily, that means I was front and centre for a chairlift meeting!), and I sampled some of the targeted maintenance work from the grooming crew for high traffic pitches on Mile One, Champagne and Sunbird runs. I was suitably impressed with the results and felt very comfortable to get on edge and let the ski trampoline me from turn to turn.
The system we’d been watching approach us for about a week came in a little earlier than I’d expected, and we awoke Tuesday to rather mild temperatures, fat flakes descending and 5cm on the ground already. Fresh on groom played super soft and fluffy, so you could feel the edge bite, but heard only the shooshing of powder quieting the mornings turns. It seemed it was in for a good time and a long time, as the system stalled it’s forward momentum but continued to rotate, delivering further accumulation. A little more through the day, then up it kicked again overnight and snowed through into Wednesday morning, eventually tallying 15cm at the summit plot over the course of the event.
So here we sit midweek, riding groomers in great shape after the new snow, making powder turns in Sun Bowl, Founders, Zone and Taynton, and caressing softened bump runs, all in increasingly seasonal spring temperatures. The forecast models all show a warming trend into and through the weekend, then warmer still next week – a cold winter had the coil tightly wound, but by the looks of it we can now officially say our spring has really sprung!!