Northern Rockies/Alberta Calgary Area 2018/19

Discussion in 'General Resort Discussion' started by Mike Rogers, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. Decreed_It

    Decreed_It I'd rather be skiing Skier

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    Well, I liked your post because I appreciate the info and can set expectations appropriately, but I don't like it @Mike Rogers :P

    We will make the best of it and hope the Cat operator still has a secret stash of north facing shaded stuff to offer. We got a screaming overnight lodging deal there at Fernie for the 1st night - basically a bed and a lift ticket for $75 USD and I kinda/sorta have to "work" that day - it is what it is. A bad day skiing is better than . . . well you get the idea.
     
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    Mike Rogers Getting off the lift Skier

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    And I think you will still have fun. We had a great weekend, it just won't be the a classic Fernie experience.

    But things can change really quickly...so lots of hope!
     
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  3. zag

    zag At the base lodge Skier

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    @Mike Rogers That is a fantastic written guide to skiing Fernie. Fernie Bill would be proud.

    I'll add my vote that if it's early in day after fresh snow, the ridge bootpack from Timber chair to Morning Glory is always a worthwhile trip, cuz later in the day the long ride out of Sierra bowl isn't as enjoyable.

    Spent at least 15 days there in the past couple years and keep going back. The ability to traverse all 5 diverse aspect bowls with only 1-2 chair rides keeps winning my and my pals over every time.

    Among all the Canadian Rockies area mountains, Revelstoke is the only other one that I'd consider if I had to choose only one mountain to ride for the rest of my days.
     
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    Mike Rogers Getting off the lift Skier

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    Liz's notes on Louise from Saturday:

    A very enjoyable day at lake louise! But typical spring skiing, ie. you need to be strategic with where you're skiing. Aspect and timing is everything! Coverage is actually pretty good on the backside. The same cannot be said for the front side. Grizzly gully area is not holding up well. I uploaded lots of photos to try and give a good sense of resort conditions.

    North aspects on the backside were super fun! Nice, chalky snow in ER7 and ER6 in the morning. ER6 skied probably just as well as it ever does (on not powder days). Pretty peppery though! Skied ER3 in the late morning. Was a bit crusty and hard, not like the nice conditions we had on the more northern faces. Skied down Upshoots on the frontside before lunch and it was atrocious. Tons of ice cookies scattered throughout the moguls. I thought it would get better as I went down, but it did not. Then getting into grizzly gully was a bit of an adventure. Trying to find a line of snow through the scree [​IMG]:/ Skied E gully after lunch where we also found- over all- nice chalk with some sluff. Skied F gully after which was a bit icier but I've had worse!

    Mike convinced me to do Upshoots again, and the sun had done its magic, making for very enjoyable slush bump skiing. Skied West Bowl and found nice snow on a firm base. The ski out was a bit spicy, as predicted, but better once we joined the traverse line that takes you out from the main gully.

    So, overall we had a very nice spring day at LL. I wouldn't rush to leave the city to get to the hill just to give the snow a chance to warm up a bit. If you ski the wrong aspect at the wrong time, you're going to have a bad time. If you ski the right aspect, then move to solar aspects once they warm up a bit, then you're going to have a good time!


    My notes on Kicking Horse from Sunday


    Good overnight freeze, any slope that wasn't in the shade had developed a good crust. Frozen all day at upper elevations.

    Northerly aspects had good snow. We found the snow on CPR and Whitewall to be quite nice. It was better off T1. It was worth the hike for all of the northern chutes. Despite a trickier than usual entrance, "Consequence" on T1 North held the day's best snow.

    The lower mountain was a bit mixed. By the end of the day, there was some heavy slush near the base. There was some corn below the top of Pioneer. The in-between was icy.

    The south faces up top looked rough all day.

    Great day if you pick your lines! There is more good terrain holding winter snow at Kicking Horse than Louise right now.

    Great weekend....but seriously, pick your terrain carefully.

    Coverage is good. They should have no problems making it to their scheduled end....2 weeks from now [​IMG]:(
     
  5. dovski

    dovski Getting on the lift Skier

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    Ok just got back from 9 days in Banff and have to say a couple weeks can make a world of difference. Temperatures cooled off and we had some great days at both Sunshine and Lake Louise. We even had a couple powder days. Coverage at Sunshine was amazing with all but 4 runs open. Lake Louise was a little limited as some of their best terrain was no longer open that said what was open had good coverage and was super fun to ski. The extra 6 inches of POW the on Friday made for a blast. All this combined with several blue bird sunny days with cold temps made for a great spring break ski trip for the entire family.
    Banff 2.jpg Banff1.jpg Banff 3.jpg Banff5.jpg Banff 4.jpg
     
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