Real Ski Report for February 21st
The snow is showing up in unexpected places this week - Paul Karchut has the details in this week's edition of the Real Ski Report. Here's a photo that Paul snapped in the Icefields Parkway backcountry over the long weekend. By the way, he's heading out for a week in the Wyoming backcountry so there will be no ski report for next week (February 28th).
Big snow has fallen in unexpected places over the last week and the mixed bag will continue into the weekend.
Castle Mountain lead snow fall totals with 62 centimetres in the last seven days.
The big surprise this past week though, was Nakiska Mountain Resort. Over the Family Day weekend it got around 30 cms of snowfall in 24 hours. That's the first snow Nakiska's seen in weeks, and more snow is expected in K-Country on Friday.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort's storm cycle seems to be whirring back into action in time for the weekend.
"With this dump of snow, it could change things drastically and fill out a lot of those holes and the moguls and a lot of the unpleasant features on the mountain right now and make for a really, really good weekend of skiing," says Tim Auger.
Auger called in that report before Revelstoke got 13 centimetres overnight Thursday.
Some stubborn dry spells have continued at some resorts. Snow fell at Panorama Mountain Village Resort and Kicking Horse Resort, but not enough to make a marked difference.
Bonnie Ritchie was skiing at Kicking Horse this week.
"It's looking pretty much the same as it has for the last three weeks or so. There's not a lot of new snow but what's there is being well-persevered, most of the lower runs are all groomed up, some of the mogul runs are getting pretty mogul-y," said Ritchie.
"All in all it's in good shape, but not any new snow which all of us powder dogs would realty, really be liking to see."
Lake Louise Ski Area and Mountain Resort and Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort got enough snow to get a modest refresh, but both still have bare spots poking through, particularly on the sun exposed slopes as we start to get more intense sunlight as the days get longer.
The Calgary-area resorts will receive some light snow into the weekend.
Lake Louise hosts its Powder 8s competition Saturday. It's a bit of a throwback to ski competitions of old, where teams of two ski down an untouched powder slope in tandem.
They're judged on how perfectly their turns link together -- to look like a strand of DNA weaving down the slope -- and how tightly and well-coordinated they ski together.
It costs $70 for a team of two to enter and that includes your lift passes for the day -- a single adult pass is normally $83.
Fernie, which had 13 centimetres overnight Thursday, has the Junior Freeskiing competition this weekend. Skiers aged 12 to 18 rip off cliffs and through steep, challenging terrain.
That snow that fell on Nakiska over the family day weekend also hit K-Country trails hard, making for a very happy ski blogger Bob Truman.
"The recent snow fall has given us superb conditions up the Ribbon Creek and Kanskis Village trails," says Truman.
As for backcountry, Mike Koppang, of Kananaskis Country Public Safety, says they are expecting to see some winds up to 80-100 kilometres an hour
"With that we're expecting all this new snow that we've got over the past week to sort of get blown around," says Koppang.
That means there will likely be a spike in avalanche danger heading into the weekend. For more info visit avalanche.ca.