The Deep Freeze

The season started off with a bang! We were skiing knee deep just about everywhere getting faceshots and skiing fresh lines all day long. It snowed pretty much all opening weekend and we were still finding fresh lines in the trees despite all of Calgary showing up to pillage the opening weekend goods. Monday morning Mt Standish opened after another 20 centimeters of fresh, finally something with some pitch to ski and virgin chutes were chest deep in some pockets, couldn't be happier! Best early season ever right? 

Photo by Dan Evans Photography

Photo by Dan Evans Photography

Well not really. Shortly after the great start to our season the mercury started to drop and leveled out around the -20c mark. With the cold temperatures , no snow and with the resort being ravaged by the weekend crowds the resort was as rough as he have ever seen it . Ice , rocks, stumps, just generally shit conditions were the only things we could access by chair so we decided to go poke around in some ... not yet opened terrain to find a few fresh turns. 

A short skin through the woods gave way to some fresher conditions but also revealed early season conditions with a serious lack of snow, barely enough to cover over fallen trees and stumps.  Considering it hasn't snowed in about two weeks and the skin into the area only took us about 25 minutes, conditions were as good as gets for times  

Mike finds a soft spot

Kyle just trying to keep warm

Everything is still at -40c 

Cold starts 

Cold starts 

As if things couldn't get any worse, lets fast forward a week to present day. Temperatures have been sitting at about -40c for about 4 days straight , obviously no new snow and just way too damned cold to go ski groomers or lap up the park and Mike out with an injury all adds up to no skiing for the last week.  Thankfully things have warmed up to a balmy -20 currently with the barometer dropping and we have some snow on the forecast! Finally.