||7 Day Snow
Glacier Creek Lodge
It finally happened, we got snow! I think last night was only the second time I have had to shovel my driveway, which is one of those love/hate chores that I would gladly do more often
I spent this morning lapping Jersey Cream chair, having lots of fun, as the new snow has resulted in pretty darn good surface conditions. It was excellent, almost perfect visibility and no lift lines (as you can see in the photo above – taken around 9:45am). However, as I say each report, keep an eye out for those rocks – as they can appear anywhere including the middle of a run.
I have not strayed too far from the ‘recognized runs’ yet (you still have to duck ropes to get to most of them too!). I don’t intend to either, not until we get some decent snowfalls.
Crystal zone was a completely different story today. A fog layer was hovering around the bottom, but the visibility up top was nice. The runs simply need more snow as there are numerous rocks mid-run and since they haven’t (maybe once or twice) been groomed, there are quite a few bumps/rolls/lips/creeks to catch an unsuspecting skier. Those ‘features’ are especially hazardous in the poor viz as you just don’t expect a lip in the middle of a ‘run’. To top it all off, everyone on Blackcomb seemed to be there. The lift line was negligible (only a couple of minutes at most), but when Jersey was ski-on the decision to head back there was easy.
Now for some general info…
Every season is different, but so far this season is way different to normal. The obvious is the lack of snow but there is not much we can do about that (except for snow-making in certain areas when the temperatures allow). Lack of early season snow is not unheard of, but generally when it happens we often have to wait for ages to get the alpine chairlifts open. This season we already have Peak and Crystal chairs open (Crystal is a borderline ‘alpine’ chair, but is often referred to as one). Tomorrow they are opening the new Harmony chair (same location, but the 4-seater has been replaced by a 6-seater).
I must point out though, that just because a chair is open doesn’t mean that all the terrain it accesses is skiable (or even open). For example, the back side of Peak chair is still closed, and for good reason. Lots of exposed rocks still. I haven’t been into Harmony zone yet, even though plenty of others have, so I don’t really know but I expect most of it’s terrain will be closed or basically roped off with ‘marginal, watch for rocks’ signs everywhere.
Enough of the negative, as apparently I do too much of that (and this town is a tourist based economy)…. While we don’t have much snow, the snow we do have is of excellent quality (for the most part) and I am really enjoying the skiing I am doing. I am just not doing the kind of skiing I wish to be doing…. It just reinforces the notion, a bad day on the slopes is better than a any day in the office.
Tourists coming here for Xmas, especially the casual skiers/boarders will find the conditions to be just right. We have snow in the valley, so the place ‘looks’ Xmas-y. The ski outs are in as good as shape as they can be (they could be wider but that is nit-picking) and the ‘green’ zones are fairly well good to go. The only complaint they will/could have, will be how ‘busy’ it will seem (due to people not being able to spread out as much as normal). Kind of ironic since WB have spent who knows how much money this season replacing Harmony and Crystal chairs with faster ones to help alleviate this kind of ‘complaint’.