Bow Summit Ski Touring-May 25th 2013

Spring has dominated the valley over the last few weeks ,temperatures in the low twenties, the leaves are returning to the trees and the lifts have stopped spinning. Most people are looking forward to mountain biking, rock climbing or golf but not us. We watch the weather. Always.  May 23rd the rain started and the temperatures dropped, May 24th it snowed in the valley and there were reports of accumulations of 30 centimeters up on the Icefields parkway with still 15 to 20 expected overnight.  Kyle grabbed his sleeping bag, camping gear , touring gear and spent the night in the parking lot to unsure and early start.

This is what we like to see. Poor driving means good skiing!

The drive up was a little worrying as the snow line was much higher than expected. Once in the parking lot full confidence was restored

Home for the evening. 

It was nice to just hang out with no electronics for the night. A head lamp , a paper back novel and a fresh cup of tea were the source of entertainment for night. With the lowest temperature reaching minus 3 Celsius , the back of the truck was warm and comfortable enough.  Morning came quickly and there was no sense of disappointment when assessing the snow conditions. 

The trees were loaded and the chutes were looking primed! 

The trees were loaded and the chutes were looking primed! 

TailGate Alberta. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day you know! 

TailGate Alberta. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day you know! 

We could spend a lengthy amount of time describing how incredible the snow was ( and it really was for anytime of the year never mind May 25th!) but how about we show you.

We were able to bang out five laps before eleven am and it was by far one of the greatest days of the 2013 season!  Be sure to check out Kevin Annala Photography for more photos of this late spring storm.

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