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Current conditions in Alberta/ BC?

post #1 of 11
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Hello, making my first trip of the season on tuesday, just wondering whats going on up in the mountains. my default is usually Sunshine or Louise, marmot sometimes, but if anywhere else is looking sweet, I'll be all over that! any input would be appreciated, especially about Revelstoke, Fernie, KH, etc. I just want to have a great start to the season! Thanks a lot for any ifo you can pass on over the next few days!
post #2 of 11
Fernie won't be open this weekend and there isn't much snow down south (fernie, castle).
End of term assignments have kept me away from the Banff area, but Sunshine seems to have enough terrain open. It has to be super rocky though. I would still check it out.
I think Kicking Horse has been getting snow, but they won't open until next weekend.
post #3 of 11
I think Sunshine is probably the best at this point. I'll be up there tomorrow and Monday so I should be able to post an update. They've opened Goat's Eye, but it probably is just going to be Sunshine Coast and Wild Fire. My cousin just spent a week at Revy and I've heard second hand that he had a great time up on top, but the lower mountain was a bit sparse.
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Since I am flying into Calgary for a trip around Christmas, I have been obsessive about checking the weather online. It looks like revelstoke has been recieving the most snow, but not the whole mountain. However Sunshine and Lake Louise are reporting that all of there lifts are open.
Have fun, and report back on how yuor trip was
post #5 of 11
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yeah i was hoping to check out Revelstoke but may leave that til later in the season. thanks for the update. Goats eye is my favorite, but yeah usually the coverage isnt that great til later on... but regardless, just being on skis again is worth something! I am sort of curious about powder king now though ,since its so much farther north... I've never been, not sure if its worth the truly epic drive required to get there.I really like getting info here on epic since the resorts do give you the info but a lot more detail from you guys. thanks again!
post #6 of 11
Sunshine got dumped on today (Sunday). I was quite late getting up to the hill (poor conditions and accidents on Highway 1 more than doubled the time to get from Calgary to Banff), so I didn't ski a lot of the mountain, but I'll be back tomorrow (Monday) so more later. They have a lot of the lower blacks open on Goat's Eye--more than I thought--but I didn't get up there. There's still a lot of the hill to open (Angel traverse for example) but it's still well worth a trip. After tomorrow I'll be concentrating on doing snow dances for Big White as I'm heading out there next weekend, and it still hasn't opened.
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Originally Posted by David Hecht View Post
Since I am flying into Calgary for a trip around Christmas, I have been obsessive about checking the weather online. It looks like revelstoke has been recieving the most snow, but not the whole mountain. However Sunshine and Lake Louise are reporting that all of there lifts are open.
Have fun, and report back on how yuor trip was
Newsflash about Revelstoke... they rarely receive snow on the whole mountain. The whole "biggest vertical in North America" pitch is pure marketing spin because although they can get great snow on the top half of the mountain, the bottom half will usually involve picking your way carefully down or riding a lift. It's a dice roll.

There's been pretty consistent snowfall at Sunshine and Lake Louise over the last week. For this time of year, the conditions are pretty good. They had to cancel one of the World Cup Downhills at Louise on Saturday due to too much snow.

There are some good photos on the SSV website taken a few days ago that gives a pretty good idea of the conditions. Since they were taken, about half a meter of additional snow has fallen, with a big dump on Sunday. http://www.skibanff.com/conditions/s...08/gallery.php
post #8 of 11

Great early season conditions..

I skied at Sunshine both Saturday and Sunday, and although I rarely go to Sunshine because I'm a Louise faithful, the conditions yesterday had me thinking it might have been the best early season skiing I've ever had and definitely in my top 3 days ever at Sunshine.

Saturday wasn't terrible. A lot of scrub, and a few rocks visible but quite a bit of terrain open and if you had rock skis you could take advantage. I spent a lot of time "playing" on Standish, but the best runs were on Goat's eye suprisingly.

Yesterday it puked all day, I got there around ten, did a couple laps on Goat's eye, then spent the rest of the day riding laps on the Tee-Pee Town chair. The snow was great, there were even a couple skiable lines in the trees, a couple off the rock ledges, and when they opened the shoulder, we did a couple laps where the pow was about knee deep.

I also heard from friends coaching at the Lake that Louise was "awesome". I have to say that I was there Sunday the 30th, and was surprised to get a couple powdery laps on Brownshirt off the summit platter. So I wouldn't be surprised if there was some great early season skiing to be had at Lake Louise after this weekend's snowfall.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
all right im getting stoked, thanks tons everyone! see you up there! or at wild bills!
post #10 of 11

As promised--Monday Update

The groomers are out and it looks like Sunshine is preparing to open a lot more terrain off the Angel chair. Trail crews were out in force on Monday, and from what I could tell looking down from the lift, it looks like snow farming is going to bring in a crop of some excellent runs once the fences get moved and the groomers finish the job.

Monday's itinerary was unfortunately shortened because I had to get back to town for a late afternoon meeting, but I did get to sample some nice boot deep powder hanging around in the trees on Strawberry and WaWa. (Don't sniff at the berry just because it's the beginners hill, if you can put up with the slow lift you can usually find some nice powder stashes two days after the dump on the lee side). The lines through the woods separating WaWa Bowl and Tin Can Alley were also particularly fluffy today. Goat's Eye was primarily Sunshine Coast, there were other runs open off the traverse but they were festooned with marginal conditions signs.

I'd happily head back to Sunshine over the next week for a few more updates, but I'm prebooked at Big White where it appears I'm going to be "enjoying" marginal green runs during an arctic outbreak. Have fun!
post #11 of 11
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wow I am super grateful Gnjantzie, you have truly gone above and beyond! Thanks very much for the info. Your comments about strawberry are interesting, I think I've only gone down there once. Maybe I will have to check it out again, although I'm really more of a quick lap on the Jackrabbit sort of guy when it comes to the short chairs at Sunshine. I'm thinking i may do a day or 2 at sunshine and then carry on to revelstoke, I'm pretty eager to check it out finally. again, thanks, I'll let you all know how the trip goes!
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