It’s been 16 days since our last snowfall here in the Kootenays. Not a record dry spell by any means, but enough to get people worrying – “will it ever snow again”. The days of sunshine were appreciated, but as it got colder and strong north winds scoured even the protected stashes, soft turns have become difficult to find.
We toured at Kootenay Pass on Sunday, and at just the right elevation and aspect there was still some preserved powder, but variable best describes the conditions. You couldn’t ever be sure what to expect on the next turn. It was also very cold, but the sun was shining and we had fun.
I woke this morning to the sound of plough trucks, and 1cm of new snow. It’ll be dust on crust today, but temperatures are moderating, there’s light snow in the forecast all through this week, and with the chance of a more significant dump on the weekend, I expect we’ll be powder skiing sometime soon.