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
Happy New Year! and 2019 comes in with a roar. While Ottawa got a mix of snow (maybe 4cms), freezing rain and rain Camp Fortune got about 10-15cms! Anyway the best way to kill a hangover is to ski. I arrived around 9:30 with my sister in tow and almost got stuck in the Skyline parking lot which had not been plowed. The place was a bit of a ghost town. The temperature was a little below zero with some wind. The conditions were perfect with the new wet snow gluing to the hard pack which made for a great base for carving fast. The ice was gone and we even ducked into some gladed areas which had just enough coverage to hide the rocks and logs. All the main trails on Skyline were open with the exception of Heggtveit. Hegg should open in a day or so though as it's covered in machine made snow mounds. We caught the ribbon drop for the Meech runs just after 10 then did some runs in the valley. The sun came out around noon. Pretty much a perfect start to 2019.
The Skyline parking lot was a wet mess.
Where is everyone...hungover in bed?
You can almost ski under the lift now...just need another nice storm.
Skyline in all its glory
This photo is from the Meech quad looking west. Has Fortune been glading in this area? Will this be a future run off Paradis?
The woods west of Marshall are very skiable.
My sister in the fresh stuff
Slalom. Note the parking lot it's pretty much empty.
No lineups on Skyline.