Real Ski Report: Storm rolls through Revelstoke and Kicking Horse

Paul Karchut's Real Ski Report tells us where to find the best downhill and cross-country conditions in Alberta and B.C.

Paul Karchut says B.C. is the place to be this weekend

It's snowing in the hills! Paul Karchut says the best turns will be at Fernie, Castle Mountain, Kicking Horse and Revelstoke. (Bill Joyce/Facebook)

Each week, CBC Calgary's Paul Karchut speaks with dozens of dedicated skiers and boarders across eastern B.C. and southern Alberta to get the real scoop on conditions at resorts, on cross-country trails and in the backcountry.

Powder hounds have been waiting eagerly for some freshies and the snow gods delivered. There will be some fantastic riding this weekend at several Rocky Mountain resorts in B.C.

A system rolling through the west coast landed in Revelstoke Thursday and the hill got a whopping 28 cm in the last 24 hours. The storm also hit Kicking Horse — leaving behind 14 cm.

Fernie has also had a very good week, accumulating over 60 cm in the last seven days.

"I'm skiing knee-deep powder with no tracks anywhere to be seen and it's still snowing," said ski reporter, Ryland Nelson, from Fernie Thursday.

It's set to warm up this weekend, which could cause the lower half of the mountain to get a bit slushy.

We've been getting great reports a little further east at Castle Mountain, where 50 cms of new snow has fallen in the last seven days.

Our reporters in Panorma and the Bow Valley say dribs and drabs of snow here and there have kept things skiing well, but no really big powder days on the books for some time.

"There's a little bit of fresh snow on, but you can definitely feel the crunchiness underneath," Sue Shih reported from Sunshine Village on Thursday.

"They've been farming a lot of snow, especially on top of the Goat's Eye," said Shih. The resort received about 15 cm this week and

  • Lake Louise: It's been a pretty dry week, but a few centimetres is expected to fall before Saturday. The forecast is calling for a mix of sun and clouds this weekend with temperatures hovering around -5 C. Similar story at Norquay
  • Nakiska. Lower Mighty Peace closed until Jan. 23 for the World Cup Ski Cross event at the hill this weekend. Since Wednesday, about 4 cm of snow has accumulated but it's unlikely they'll be anymore this weekend.  
  • Kimberley: 9 cm since Wednesday and the resort could get a dusting this weekend. Temperature expected to reach a high of 0 C on Saturday and -2 on Sunday. 


When temperatures climb above zero, it's not a good time to groom.

That means lower elevation trails, like Ribbon Creek and Kananaskis Village, won't get maintained until things cool back down over the weekend.

If you're not on waxed skis, the warm weather makes for tricky conditions — so you might want to hit the higher elevation trails this weekend.


Lately, excellent conditions have been pushing skiers into some pretty bold terrain. But now is a good time to push back.

This warming trend along with high winds are creating an avalanche cycle heading into the weekend. The heavier, wetter snow that's falling outside the Bow Valley corridor will add extra pressure on a weak faceted layer that formed earlier in January.

"It's driven danger ratings up," said Penny Goddard with Avalanche Canada. "We do have quite a high level of concern of of continued human triggering of avalanches through the weekend."

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