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woo hoo, can't wait.

Mike


On Dec 19, 2011, at 11:11 PM, Patrick Haskell wrote:

> I eagerly await the next serial installment from vicariousskiing.net.
>
> Thanks for sharing,
>
> Patrick
>
> From: Mark P. Renson <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Monday, December 19, 2011 10:18 PM
> Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] BC/Alberta - 20111209 through 20111217
>
> Riding in the bus up Highway 1, I saw runnels in the  
> snowpack ..................... a sign of prior rain.  There had been  
> some harsh Pineappling going on in late November including an  
> episode where downtown Calgary had been closed due to windows  
> getting blown out and debris blown around by high winds.  There was  
> supposedly even a size 4.5 slide in Rogers Pass was is big for any  
> time of year and especially impressive for early in the season. But  
> between Highway 93 and Lake Louise, the runnels ceased.  I checked  
> in at the Lake Louise hostel and dug a pit outside in a proper spot  
> and found some light crusts and nasty facets/depth hoar at the  
> bottom of a 44cm snowpack.  Well, the group room I got for $30 had  
> only me in it, so I in effect got a private room for $30.  I still  
> needed to get my ski legs in so the next day, I decided to put in a  
> day at the Lake Louise ski area.  The hostel was nice enough to let  
> me store some of my gear in a locker and I was able to get a shuttle  
> bus ride to the area and whaddya' know, I was able to get in a ski  
> day!  I even paid full freight for only about the 3rd time in 11  
> years.  I dug a pit at 7000' in a proper spot just outside the Back  
> Bowls and found a stronger snowpack with no crusts .............  
> hmmm, the snowline musta' started between 5 and 7 thousand feet.
>
> Then it was - as Carol Nelson used to say - Blue Speed Ahead  LAPS,  
> BABY, LAPS!  I utilized the shiny new high speed ultra chi-chi  
> Grizzly Express Gondola and down went Wapta, Pinecone Way (yeah,  
> buddy!), Wiwaxy and Meadowlark among others.  All groomed and  
> perfect for carving turns!  Short radius turns, medium radius turns,  
> large radius turns, HUP-TWO-THREE-FOUR!  No stopping for lunch as I  
> was in a feeding frenzy on blue groomers.  Concentrate on that carve  
> and implement a tactic per Allison Gannet and Christian (Allison  
> went to UVM and Christian is Vermont skiing) HUP-TWO-THREE-FOUR!   
> This was all done on my AT gear (includes Dynafit bindings) and at  
> the gondola loading area, someone scanned my lift ticket so now the  
> Lake Louise marketing data analytics database now has some customer  
> in it from Massachusetts who came out to pound out laps on the  
> groomers!
>
> I went right up to 2PM and caught the shuttle back to the hostel.   
> That was a fun ski day and I was even a bit toasted at the end.  I  
> lugged my toys to the Greyhound bus stop and caught the 3:20  
> Vancouver bus to Golden BC.
>
> In Golden, I grabbed a meal at the not so chi-chi Husky truck  
> stop ....... ummm, not recommended.  In the motel room, I organized  
> my gear and read avie bulletins and Wx reports.  Then Corin the  
> assistant ski guide showed up and we went over plans.
>
>
> More to come and we'll all see why I and those in The Know and who  
> get it like Hugh Hermann realize that the Icefields Parkway was  
> built on the incorrect side of the Divide (re: Mistaya, Icefall,  
> Assiniboine, etc)..
>
>
> Mark P. Renson
>
> From: Mark P. Renson <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2011 9:58 PM
> Subject: [SKIVT-L] BC/Alberta - 20111209 through 20111217
>
> Going home on the I-495 Frontier tonight, I could see that Nashoba's  
> daunting north face is in!
>
> I spent a day at Lake Louise getting my ski legs in and then it was  
> 8 days away from the internet or beer or cell phones or road rage at  
> Icefall Lodge (www.icefall.ca) .  Conditions were ho-hum - only knee  
> deep untracked for most of the week and then knee to crotch at the  
> end.  We left with a 162cm base at treeline (6350' ASL).
>
> More later ............
>
>
> Mark P. Renson
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