Welcome back folks, it’s been another decent opening period! Despite a warm start to the preseason, the temperature dropped with just enough time to get runs built for race training. National teams from Canada, Switzerland and Korea as well as many more local teams, were welcomed to hone their skills on specifically curated tracks.
Opening weekend remained a little chilly, but things have been beautifully mild since, and snow has come in abundance! In less than two weeks since the public were invited to load the lifts, we’ve seen over two feet of snowfall with a current count of ten consecutive days of accumulation! Indeed, we’ve had several days lately where finding a piece of groomer corduroy was a sport in itself! Along with state of the art snowmaking technology, this has facilitated opening about 110 runs (over 80% of our total) and we've had all lifts running from the outset. Way to set up for the holidays!
I’m seeing snowmaking as sexy again! We love that mix of man made snow, blended in with nature's finest, for much of our groomed terrain. It means we can go top to bottom from day one, providing tracks for race training, events and public alike. It's a quality foundation and a surface that can be rejuvenated with even a couple of centimetres snowfall, We’ve invested a seven figure total (again!) this year on snowmaking upgrades, increasing capacity and efficiencies, creating a reliability that is the envy of many a ski area. Openings have been occurring regularly on the lower mountain, with only a few groomers remaining to come online. The vast majority of the mid elevation terrain is now open. Founder’s was delayed initially as it awaited a top layer of fresh to enhance the ride after snowcats had compacted the preseason falls. Down came over 20cm and I got in there the day after it opened last week, for some pretty sweet powder turns! Many of the traditional bump runs have been forming up very nicely early on, and it’s been a joy to hit them often with soft powder refreshes.
For the upper slopes, favourite cruisers View of 1000 Peaks and Stumbock’s have been in good shape from the get go, and early traffic has packed them down nicely to give a great base for recent fresh snow. Taynton Bowl is open as far as Jekyll & Hyde, and has benefitted from ample snowfall and prolific wind loading. The preseason bootpacking program got a nice established base onto many slopes, and traffic since has been packing all the way down the middle of the drainages. There are a few bottomless sections on steeper ridgelines, but there is plenty of volume to slide over top of. The Extreme Dream Zone has also had plenty of wind loading, and has been bundles of fun early on. These pictures are from various lines through the Zone and give an idea of what we’ve been playing at! Tales of epic days and amazing lines are already prolific around the village!
The season seems well established already, and it’s as though we’ve picked up where we left off last spring! It seems a paraphrase of the 2012 Bastille tune ‘Pompeii’ is appropriate:
"And the snow kept tumbling down
On the mountain that we love
Grey clouds roll over the hills
Bringing white stuff from above
But if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?”
With another good dump forecast as we come into the weekend, we are in prime condition for our holiday visitors. Be it learning the turn, gripping and ripping the groom or getting steep and deep off piste, we offer options to all, room to move, and avenues to improve. Onward and upward (cos we love to come back down!)