Boom! I woke to 15cm and it was still coming down hard. Yes it was cold (-20c) but when it snows its a good day. I managed to make it up to Fortune around 10am. Late maybe but I was hungover and got stuck behind a fleet of snow plows. There was still lots of powder to go around. First stop was Heggtveit. After some fun on Skyline including Swan Dive I went over to the valley. The T-bar was running so I gave McDonald and Alexander a try. If you wanted pristine powder in the valley, then those were the runs. By noon we had topped 20cm! The wind was a little fierce and lots of snow was drifting or getting blown into the woods but still what a killer morning. More snow is on the way later in the week and temperatures will rise. So get it while its good!
So much snow in the trees
I rolled into the valley at Camp Fortune around 3pm. The parking lot was pretty full. I guess even though it was around -15c the sun and low wind had brought everyone out. Bluebird days help a lot and everyone was enjoying the wintery Saturday on the hill. The conditions were a mix of packed snow on the valley side to hard packed base on Skyline. The mogul run on Clifford was hard ice though and my edges were not sharp enough for it....or skills. Of note, Heggtveit is now open. I found it a little icy probably because of high traffic during the day and the fact that it had just opened on Wednesday. Hegg is not lit but it stayed open till around 5pm which shows that our sun is coming back. Also in the valley Fortune was blowing snow onto McDonald and Alexander! This is great news as last year the runs never opened. Both blue runs are accessed by a vintage t-bar. So all we need now is a little more natural snowfall and Swan Dive and Duffy can open bringing the trail count to 100% As the sun fell it did cool off a bit but the crowds were gone so you could lap your favorite runs. Another beautiful night skiing at Camp Fortune.
Wow I don't think I've ever been this far back.
Blowing snow on McDonald and Alexander.
Canadian. Canadian/Chute was the best combo of the night.
Sunset on Marshall.