Just Back from Fernie & Castle
Friday, I went to Castle Mtn. for my first visit. I will be back next year, but it will be earlier in the season. Very springlike conditions (frozen corduroy in the morning on the lower runs, softening to slush in the afternoon). The upper runs were good, but you could tell that they were great a week or so ago. At one point I had to go back to the car to change from my midweight jacket to a shell due to the balmy temperature.
Saturday through Monday skiing at Fernie--Very good to excellent conditions in the upper bowls (I was skiing mostly blue cruisers). The green runs on the bottom of the hill were pretty soft, but as long as I skied off the White Pass, Great Bear, or Boomerang lifts, I was able to avoid those problems. Boottop powder on Monday morning in the Lizard and Currie Bowls.
On Saturday they opened the Face lift so I was able to get some fresh tracks in mid-calf powder. The softening snow conditions are leading to some avy closures and warnings, so I don't know about the steeps for falcon_o, however I can heartily recommend the cruisers in Cedar Bowl, as well as Currie Glades and Currie Powder in Currie Bowl. The upper Lizard was pretty good as well. Forecast was for some precipitation this evening...hope for snow.
By the way....what gives with a ski resort which shuts their main bar at 11:00 pm on a Saturday night?...and shuts it at 6:00 the other days of the week?