It’s been quite the weather roller-coaster of late. A week of snow, followed by a couple of days of warm and wet, now cold and clear. The Rossland area has become a virtual skating rink, unsuitable for much beyond the gym. With low expectations we headed Kootenay Pass today for some early season reconnaissance. Despite the minus 18 degree temperature, the bright sun was warming(we stayed in the sun), and the wind negligible. The warm-wet has created a supportive 20cm thick crust (with wet snow underneath) at all elevations, but miraculously topped with up to 25cm of creamy light powder. The crust eliminated most of the usual early season hazards, and the powder skiing was smooth and easy.