It’s been a slow start to the snow season in the Kootenays this year and in Rossland we are wishing we had a little bit more height to our mountain. Our neighboring resort Whitewater has been boosting a snow depth of over 140cms, where at the beginning of last week we were still fighting to hit the century mark. It is coming though and with every storm a little more terrain opens up and the conditions get better. The good news is we are open, there are many resorts across the country still struggling to get their lifts turning.
Christmas day was the official start to my season. The mountain was operating under marginal conditions and what was open had been skied out. Despite this however there were a few good turns to be found and just being on the mountain was great. The groomers and patrol had done a great job, making the most of the limited snow and everyone was smiling, plus the last run of the day showed us that the lower mountain groomers were great.
The Christmas storm cycle helped us out enabling the mountain to open up a little more, getting us off the groomers and into some real terrain. Letting loose and doing some fast turns through the trees reminded me of how much I love this place. It also reminded me just how spoilt I have become living in Canada and enjoying the Kootenay Powder at one of the most insane resorts on the planet. At least that’s my opinion!
Our storms came through pretty wet and there was a day where the upper mountain was great, but the lower had been rained out and was icy! It took me right back to my days on Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand, when you could see through the 2m snow base to the rocks underneath - we used to call that ‘bulletproof’.
Red Resort is now fully open with all lifts turning and the conditions are fun. We have an alpine base of 113cms and rising. If you venture into the slackcountry there are some great turns to be had but be aware of the avalanche danger as there are some persistent layers in the snowpack causing havoc out there.
Remember if you are not having fun out there you are doing something wrongJ. Check out www.redresort.com for more information on the mountain and snow conditions.