From my house.
After a busy summer on the trails, and a couple of weeks of surfing in Mexico, it feels like the countdown to skiing has begun. It’s cold and wet in Rossland, with the snow-line visible just above town. The view from the highway cam at Kootenay Pass looks very snowy, and I’ve been told there’s over 30cm of good heavy base-forming snow in the alpine. For 2010/11 Red Mountain will be opening their extensively renovated base lodge, new cleared slack-country lines on Mt Grey, a yurt on Mt Kirkup, and I hope a reasonable amount of summer grooming. But with Whitewater debuting a new chairlift and doubling their terrain, a stagnating economy reducing the number of vacationing skiers generally, a high Canadian dollar discouraging the Americans, and the forecast of a cold and wet La Nina winter throughout the Pacific Northwest – this winter is shaping up as a powder skiing extravaganza for the locals at Red Mountain. Bring it on.