Cam, 2000′ to the valley.
After days of lapping powder lines through the trees at Red, it felt great to ski some big alpine backcountry lines on Mt Airy. Boot deep consistent powder, no wind effect, eerily cooperative visibility, stable (enough) snowpack, and a stoked group of friends made for a memorable day.
Brent, Wolf Peak.
Minus 22 degrees at Kootenay Pass this morning, and didn’t seem to warm up much through the day. Made for the deepest and lightest snow conditions so far this season, but barely tolerable, even in the sun, and wearing everything I had.
Temperature at Kootenay Pass this morning: Minus 17 degrees.
Snow-pack at 2000m: 190cm.
Snow quality: Sensational.
The number of skiers parking at the Kootenay Pass summit have been exceeding the capacity of the parking area on busy weekends, potentially compromising the area needed for trucks to make their compulsory brake check before descending.
I spoke with an RCMP officer from Creston last weekend, who seemed pretty concerned about the situation, so I wasn’t entirely surprised to find this notice tucked under the windshield wipers of all the cars parked at the Pass yesterday. There was no identification of who is making the request, no suggestion of any penalties for ignoring it, and given that parking at the East side of Bridal lake is 500 meters away from the trail-heads we’re all accessing I don’t expect there’ll be much voluntary compliance.The much more sensible solution of clearing a parking area within the vast (mostly) unused flat area on the South side of the Pass would require MOT’s cooperation, which they seem institutionally incapable of, but I’m hoping that’s where we get to eventually.
Storming all day, with boot deep powder over a variety of old snow surfaces, and not another track in sight. Skied a few of the classic KP lines and then returned to green grass and flowers in the valley, and beer-o’clock at the brewery in warm Spring sunshine.
Sunshine and easy skiing powder made for a beautiful day of sled accessed touring in the Norns. In the shadow of recent instabilities we kept our objectives moderate, but the turns couldn’t have been any sweeter.