We realized the promise of a bunch of snow mid last week, as the forecast +10cm turned into 18cm over the course of last Thursday and set us up for another solid weekend of riding powder! The snow was borne on an increase in wind, which came as something of a surprise, as we really haven't had much above a light breeze for most of the season prior. The avalanche assessment and controls through the Dream Zone and runs from Heli Face back to Stumbock's were actioned quickly on the Thursday morning, which allowed for some sweet riding. Obviously I was a little bit excited by it all as shown in this excerpt from Friday's report: "The team got early assessment done for Zone and Heli High openings yesterday, and we thanked them heartily as wind loaded slopes delivered some awesome powder skiing, with the fluffy stuff flying as the physical and metaphorical floating caused a momentary meditative state, broken regularly by vocal exclamations of pure joy! (and breathe!)" Chatting to a few folks, 'knee deep' and 'face shots' were terms being bandied about as wind loading saw some spots skiing more like +30cm and all agreed it was going to be another great day when Taynton opened in full.
Cue Friday and the weekend, where Taynton Bowl was wide open and riding like a dream! Many folks couldn't resist putting in some early lines down the Monster, while others opted to head to the favourite stash piles and cash in savings for some untracked lines in settled powder. It was a weekend where it was kinda tough to go wrong, with groomers at all elevations riding well, loads of snow in the Zone being neglected while Taynton was the flavour, and lower and mid mountain off piste forming into some nice soft bumps. We couldn't have asked for much more, and the mountain was effectively unlocked for travel through all of the 3000 odd acres of skiable terrain.
A bit of a warm up and freeze cycle early in the week got the groomers a little firmer than we've been used to this season, although only for a day until top ups since, insulated and softened conditions. We all know what even a small amount of snow can do to change things for the better, and we seem to be getting at least that on a pretty regular basis.
Close to a foot of snow has fallen since last weeks blog, and we've got more top ups expected as we approach the weekend, when a potential atmospheric river is being touted for southern BC (I love it when the forecasters start using groundwater terms for sky bound phenomena!). The modelling isn't yet conclusive, so it's hard to know what sort of timing and amounts we are looking at, but of course, we'll keep you in the know with the daily reports. I'm amenable to another weekend on snow - who's with me?!