I’m only just recovering from a week of incredible powder skiing at Red. It started dumping started about midday on Monday (Dec 11th) laying down 17cm that afternoon. With 30cm overnight, Tuesday was a classic Kootenay powder day, with few people and endless untracked lines. 12cm overnight filled everything in for Wednesday, but strong winds closed the Motherlode chair at 10.30am, so I skied knee deep lines on Red until mid-afternoon. Only 2.5cm of fresh for Thursday, but Granite remained untracked from the day before, and the visibility was perfect for most of the day. Another 23cm for Friday morning, and another first to last chair effort, using every last bit of whatever reserves I had. Despite the perfect conditions it seems few people are committed to midweek skiing before Christmas, there are certainly no tourists, just a few dedicated locals and ski bums lapping fresh lines in anonymity. It doesn’t get any better.