Hello my fellow ski lovers :)
I'm a (newly discovered) die hard ski enthusiast up in Calgary, Alberta and was really looking forward to this ski season. This is really only my second year of skiing as up until this point hockey controlled my life, which is convenient because so much of the feeling transfers over.
So me in my over eagerness decided to buy one pass to Sunshine because they are close and consistently have the best snow in the area - light, dry and somewhat consistent snowfall. As well I bought a mid-week pass to Castle mountain because it is like a giant uninterrupted playground with sometimes epic snowfalls, and me having a job that caters to the midweek skiing.
Now mid way through February, although Ive managed to make it out roughly 20 times, the skiing has been borderline terrible. I finally managed to make it out to Castle last week and found that entire faces of the mountain were exposed with zero cover! Sunshine has kept its base, but the majority of the time its hard pack and ice, with few measurable dumps of snow. I was at Whitefish on New Years and that was excellent powder conditions, and have also hit Revelstoke and Kicking Horse, both with nothing better than average conditions.
Now my question to you is, was I spoiled last year, when I first got the ski bug, with big dumps of snow and great conditions? Or was that the exception and this is more typical of the Canadian Rockies? I have been watching the snow reports from Whistler all the way east to Sunshine, and as far south as Whitefish. It seems all have had pretty much the same year; a week or so without snow and then a few small (4cm) snowfalls followed by a week of almost nothing.
So please Bears.. tell me what is really going on? Regular year or dismal conditions?