KH Trip Report--Early Season Conditions
If I can paraphrase an often heard remark about Kicking Horse: "nice resort, great chutes, when are they going to get a #%*@% mid-station on the gondola so you don't have to go all the way to the #%*@% bottom in order to get back up to the chutes?"
Truer words were never spoken, particularly when the lower slopes have so little snow that you are restricted to riding the green cat track all the way (10 km
: ) to the bottom. Actually the good folks at KH did suggest downloading on Catamount to avoid the rocks liberally scattered on the lower reaches of the cat track, but I was in a hurry and thus the ski-tuners will hear from me very soon.
On the plus side
, the Crystal Bowl was in good shape, and the improved ammenities at the base were a welcome touch. The Feuz Bowl seemed to be closed due to avalanche hazard, but CPR ridge was open as was the Crystal side of Redemption Ridge. The snow on the south side of Redemption was a bit crusty, particularly below the lift. Conditions were clearly early season coming down the chutes off the north side of CPR (based on the advice I received from the patroller who advised me to get off the ridge by the south face, since I clearly was unhappy about the prospect of dropping into the above mentioned chutes). My daughter, who continued into chute 59 (
All Aboard) reports that the snow was pretty scraped down for the second day of the season (and as a boarder she knows scraped snow).
South side of CPR had lots of snow--soft powder--deep powder--particularly around the three tree wells I had to dig myself out of as I made my tortuously slow way down to Sluiceway to exit Bowl Over.
Then, since I was running late in meeting my daughter at the mid-mountain yurt, I got to ski the remaining portion of the 10 km cat track to the bottom of the mountain, ride the gondola up and boogie down to the yurt which had closed 10 minutes earlier. Nothing left to do but ski the remaining portion of the 10 km cat track down the mountain again
and catch up with her just before she sicced the patrol on my missing tracks. That made a total of 30 km on the cat track to hell.....
Mountain 1, Jantzie 0 (again).
Tomorrow we'll head back to Sunshine, where the early season conditions are just a bit better. Do the snow dance folks...we need it.