I finally received my warrantied Dynafit touring bindings, mounted them on my rock skis and so figured it was time to check out the conditions on the ski hill. Michelle and I skinned up compacted snow on South-side Road, then broke a trail up Southern Belle in the sunshine. There’s about 10 – 15 cm of wet snow under the Silverlode Chair and at least 30 cm of drier snow with a crusty surface on the top half of the mountain. We had some fun powder turns on the top pitch of Long Squaw (Rino’s) leading into some funky crusty bushy skiing and a few leaps over open water, then the wet snow surface on Easy Street and through the new beginner area made for easy turns all the way back to my truck. Certainly not perfect conditions, but it was skiing, and it felt great.
I did a marathon Friday evening at the Rossland Mountain Film Festival, enjoying some of the more eclectic offerings at the early session, particularly the brother sister relationship, dog mushing, and amateur stunt-men flicks, but found the extended ski-porn of the later session put me to sleep.