Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mar 24/15 - Evening Update - Snowing Still

Hi - Top two photos are what it looked like around 6pm and bottom two are from around 11am.  Snowing started with the biggest softest grauple I have seen and now its medium sized flakes and +1 - been snowing all day and visibility up top is reduced and its getting heavier not letting up at all.  We have about 4-5cm as of 7pm.  Its supposed to be -5 tonight and snow on the Sparwood side with chance of rain likely at lower altitudes and then the rest of the week and weekend will be in the +10 t o +17 degrees.  On the Crowsnest side it is supposed to cloud over tomorrow and then the wind is going to pick up to a possible 70km/h and temps in that +10 to +16 range for the week/end also.  March came in like a lamb but its going out like a lion as it relates to sledding.  We continually get the best snowfalls near the end of Feb and end of March and this year despite being a low snow year is following that same trend.  Beware wet slides if you go out.  Don't waste a day because with the coming temps, your access to and from the alpine will change dramatically over the course of a day.  Cheers - V

Mar 23/15 - Snowing Again

Morning Crew,
Well, its snowing again - started out as grauple but its quickly turned to big flakes and as I type its getting thicker and thicker out.  Callen on Summit Creek Cabins Facebook posted some awesome photos from up around Elkford.  He said its been snowing daily up top and today is no exception.  Looked like it from here but I haven't been up top and I won't be getting back out there.  Okay I am signing off and we already have close to a cm in about 20mins.  Hold off on the quads just yet! Cheers - V

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mar 23/15 - Light Snow

Hi Gang,
Didn't think I would have much change to post but its cool and lightly snowing straight down this morning.  Small flakes down here and nothing accumulating yet but you can see its significantly reduce visibility the higher you go so it doesn't look like there will be any snow loss up top. Forecast is light snow and flurries today.  Its +1 and the ground is frozen this morning.  Picking up a bit as I write this.  Have a great day if  you are heading out to sled today! Cheers -V

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mar 22/15 - Flurries in the Alpine Yesterday

Hi and Sorry I didn't get you a morning photo a few days ago but it only snowed 3cm down here so not much had changed and I had to get going.  So my guys here for the past 4 days had a great time back in Limestone and Heartbreak and they hit up Tent too.  They said the trail up to Barnes was rough but totally worth it as there was a good amount of snow up top.  They probed in Heartbreak yesterday and its still 8ft of base.  While they were up there it was raining a bit in Coleman and sleeting on the way up to our place and snowing right above us but up in the bowl they said they were stopped for a bit and got a foot of snow on top of everything while standing around - it was great but too socked in to venture out of the trees much not knowing what was above them.

I still see lots of sled decks pulling up into Atlas also on a daily basis.  Its clear today and that sun is packing some heat so I don't know how long the access into areas will hold.  Cheers and I hope everyone is having fun with their toys! - V

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mar 17/15 - Happy St Patricks Day - Snowing Again

Hi Gang, just a quick update - my photos weren't good in the dark so no photos.  Its Snowing again.  Actually I think it was snowing for the later half of the day up top but now its reaching us at 4600ft.  It just started and is coming straight down and is nice and dry - we have a cm already in about 30 mins.  They said it would snow on Wed and its starting early.  I pushed snow today so the guys could get into the cabins.  I have two booked for til Sunday.  I have the Divide cabin open if anyone wants to come enjoy this snow.  Photos from Elkford have been actually amazing and we have gotten a bit more than Sparwood area.  Still expect spring riding but you are likely going to find pockets of deep snow in areas.  Watch for wet slides and pinwheeling heads ups.  This snow is going to guarantee that you have decent access into the alpine instead of riding stretches of open gravel.  Still trailer to staging areas and creeks will be open but much easier to cross.  I have seen a noteworthy amount of sled trailers and decks today.  I will get you photos in the morning.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mar 16/15 - 35-40cm of Snow & Still Snowing - Cabins Open!

We have 35-40cm of Snow (thats over a foot gang) and its just moist enough to form a base so its not blowing away.  I said if we got a big significant dump of snow I would open the cabins up.  So if you want a last minute trip while this lasts then give me a call.  Its still snowing and more snow in the forecast. Cheers - V

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mar15/15 - Snowing Hard!

Well - Cooper and Curt were dirtbiking at Kookanusa Friday til today and had an awesome time with the crew from Corbin.  Then when they got home today our rain (it rained all night long here) turned to snow and now we are having one of the best snowfalls of the winter and what would have been expected in March.  We have easily 10-15cm and its still snowing hard (big wet flakes) not letting up one bit.  Snowfall warning for this area said it would do this today AND tomorrow.  Its a good weekend when you get to use ALL your toys LOL. If you are travelling tomorrow just take note that the highways will be slushy - have good wipers for when someone passes you.  Temps are hovering at that +1 to zero degrees and supposed to cool down Monday night to -7 and be warm during the day at +9 and then cool again at night with more snow forecast into Wed.  May turn to rain at lower elevations.  You are likely to run into a mix depending on elevation.  Watch for wet slides if you go out.

It is Vanessa (used to be our manager) and Elviss (was one of our best customers lol) celebrating their 3rd anniversary and hitting up their previous haunts on the road to getting hitched.  We were their first stop and it was just like old times...just missing Boss.  Congratulations you two! (Elviss crying cause he left his sled at home - have another jager-bomb and hope the snow doesn't follow you guys to Golden to torture you and then hope it isn't still snowing here when you come back to Fernie!) Cheers - V