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Killington itself has been much, much better than "Killington conditions" this year. Doogie Line be damned.

I wouldn't have thought Revelstoke would be that bad. I think you just missed the window. My friend Dana was out there with his daughter a few weeks ago and it looked good...

On 2/27/2015 12:58 AM, Sharon Heller wrote:
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You know it's a bad vacation when you rent skis that are skinnier than the skinniest skis you left at home to ski groomers at Revelstoke. The first day with my S7s took a toll on my body. Conditions were as bad as it gets in the east. Reminded me of Killington conditions. Frozen granular and icy, but with a TON of vertical. I rented Dynastar Legends the second day and enjoyed the fast cruisers a lot more.

We have one more day near Banff but really don't want to shell out $90 to  ski Sunshine or Lake Lou in these conditions. Can't wait to get home and ski some real snow.

On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 7:27 PM, David Merfeld <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

We just got back from a week in BC, including KH and Revelstoke.  Conditions at KH were indeed the best on-piste.  In ascending order of quality, they were;

 

-Panorama – so icy that we skied one run, bagged it, and got a full refund.

- Kimberly – not bad for April, with soft corn.  But mid-February?

- Revelstoke – lower mountain was just mush, and most folks were downloading.  Since it’s the most vertical in the continent, we figured we’d just ski it anyway.  Upper mountain was in pretty good shape, but that was 4 days ago, so who knows?  Loved the layout, with tons of open trees.  With more snow, I think we would really enjoy it.

- Kicking Horse – upper mountain was good packed powder, with no crust.  But, we found the layout of the hill very unappealing.  To have over 2K acres and 4K vertical, and set it up with 2 (count ‘em, 2) lifts, is just bizarre.  If you want to ski off the gondola, you have to go all 4,130’ to the bottom, and the ski to the bottom was decidedly icy and unpleasant.  Plus, it’s one of those Alta/JH/Squaw kinds of mountains, with big steeps, not many trees, and tons of solid skiers.  So, all the snow was hammered.  By contrast, we found plenty of uncut at Revelstoke, the previous day. 

 

Saving the best for last, we had 4 darn good days of off-piste conditions at the Boulder Alpine Hut, run by Mark and Sarah Yancey, I highly recommend this place:  great guiding, great food, great terrain.  Plus, the Yanceys have two kids, ages 7 and 11.  We brought our 13-year-old grandson, and the kids had so much fun together.  On our last day, we invited the kids to join us skiing.

 

David Merfeld

 

From: Vermont Skiing Discussion and Snow Reports [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sharon Heller
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Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] Non-Vt: Who is going to KHMR and/or Revelstoke next week?

 

Well...it was 4300' that started with a chalky uber-steep north-facing pitches, followed by the whole gamut of sub-par conditions. There was death cookies, ice, frozen granular, refrozen crud, ice,old beat powder, packed powder, groomed corduroy, ice, rocks, man-made snow and ice. Just the usual kind of surfaces we'd see on an average mid-winter day when it hasn't snowed in over a week and perhaps got warm.

 

We are going to ski it again tomorrow because we hear it is the best skiing in BC right now. We'll beat our way down each bowl. Do a few hikes to the drier chalky stuff and drop into different chutes. The fat skis will chatter and there will be plenty of loud turns. Tomorrow we go to Revelstoke where people say it is worse and it rained all the way to the top. So we'll get to ski 5620' of worse conditions. Yay.

 

At least we are groomed for this. Enjoy all that soft powder back east.

 

On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 9:03 AM, Sharon Heller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Well, we just woke up here at Kicking Horse. It looks a little grim and they are making snow at the base area.

 

I'll let you know later what it is like. It is supposed to be sunny and in the 30s today. I think we can salvage a day of spring skiing here. 

 

Last time I plan a trip in advance to anywhere. While going within a few days might increase best conditions, it can be tricky getting airfare at reasonable price and lodging can be difficult, especially if it is very snowy.

 

At least last night's drive over KH pass was not a white knuckler.

 

On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 1:00 AM, Jim Crowley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

For what it's worth, on my flight from Calgary to Seattle today I had a clear view the entire way and saw what appeared to be plenty of snow in southern Alberta and B.C. Folks in Calgary were complaining about conditions on the ski hills, but there is way, way more snow in Canada than across the border in NW Washington, which looked really lean - more like November than February. At last check, there was a greater snow depth at the Blue Hills in Massachusetts than at the Paradise Ranger Station, which holds the world record for annual snowfall. How is that even possible?

 

Another interesting thing I saw was snowmobile tracks very high up on a glacier. I've heard that snowmobiles are getting more powerful and machines are going places they've never been, but was shocked to see them so high.

 

There sure are a lot of big and beautiful mountains in southern Alberta and B.C. I now understand why I heard that it could accommodate the Alps several times over.

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