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  1. #401
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldengarbageman View Post
    They were originally allowing eating and drinking in line, but there were a lot of complaints due to asshats holding a coffee as an excuse not to have their mask up.

    They have also asked patrol to walk the line to make sure masks are up. Not just a lifty job now.
    LL has set up an entire department for it, and hired people just to hang out in lift lines.

  2. #402
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    Quote Originally Posted by rustypouch View Post
    LL has set up an entire department for it, and hired people just to hang out in lift lines.
    Some of whom actually even care about the masks! Actually, most of them are right on it. There are a couple of checkers I routinely see walking right by people with their masks down without saying a word.

  3. #403
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    Back country tour today. Big inversion, -15 at 1500m to -6 at 2500m. Major surface Hoar north facing aspects. Riding was top shelf.
    My little secret stash is no longer so secret, was 4 out of province vehicles parked already when we pulled in. Hardly ever used to see more than 1 local vehicle at a time in this spot a couple years ago.


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  4. #404
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldengarbageman View Post
    They were originally allowing eating and drinking in line, but there were a lot of complaints due to asshats holding a coffee as an excuse not to have their mask up.

    They have also asked patrol to walk the line to make sure masks are up. Not just a lifty job now.
    Not sure if a lot of complaints but do know of one that was very persistent. Yes patrol are correcting people in line but I haven't seen any walking the line. The Snow Host do do that but its just in morning and at end of day.
    Mrs. Dougw- "I can see how one of your relatives could have been killed by an angry mob."

    Quote Originally Posted by ill-advised strategy View Post
    dougW, you motherfucking dirty son of a bitch.

  5. #405
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    Quote Originally Posted by DougW View Post
    Not sure if a lot of complaints but do know of one that was very persistent. Yes patrol are correcting people in line but I haven't seen any walking the line. The Snow Host do do that but its just in morning and at end of day.
    The last few times I was up they have had patrollers and management walking the line, on different occasions, when they were down at the base. I think with the number of covid conspiracy theorists/non-essential travellers not wearing mask they have had to step up the inspections. I was told that today the resort wasn't doubling up the singles lines as well.
    I like huge dumps.

  6. #406
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    No line up at the pioneer. Rode up with skins on and continued up to rudis. Might be the go for busy weekends.

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    Anyone still use the advanced weather database at KH?

    It doesn't look the same as I remember....which column is new snow per hour? Is "HS" total height of snow?

    Unrelated but who is going where tomorrow?

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    Thursday reserved at the lake, hoping these forecasts are legit...


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    Quote Originally Posted by skisurfmirth View Post
    No line up at the pioneer. Rode up with skins on and continued up to rudis. Might be the go for busy weekends.
    Quick question-Im not from the local area but How do u get off the lift with ur skins on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdirt View Post
    Quick question-I’m not from the local area but How do u get off the lift with ur skins on?

    shuffle quickly.


  11. #411
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    10cms+ of snow plus some rain mixed in plus 90km/hr winds this morning. Let the Good times roll Ed Whalen!

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    I'm on the gondi at KH. 1 half lap on pioneer then waited in the line for the gondi for almost 90 minutes.

    Edit: Bowl Over = full on white room!

    Let's see if I can get a second run before they close.

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  13. #413
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    Marmot was 24cms of dense snow that was then brushed by 60km/h winds. Low vis and blowing in the 30 tp 40 range all morning. Hard work but worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teamdirt View Post
    Quick question-Im not from the local area but How do u get off the lift with ur skins on?
    It's a really slow old double chair. And high quality coltex skins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty_J View Post
    Anyone still use the advanced weather database at KH?

    It doesn't look the same as I remember....which column is new snow per hour? Is "HS" total height of snow?

    Unrelated but who is going where tomorrow?

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    Inbetween the Whitewall and dogtooth displays there is a full break down of all the abbreviations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skisurfmirth View Post
    Inbetween the Whitewall and dogtooth displays there is a full break down of all the abbreviations.
    I found that and saw 30cm at 6am and drove past louise to KH. It was 40cm at 8am.

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    Not mine: just PSA to folks

    Herb Sheepherder

    Hello fellow snow enthusiasts. I thought I would take the time to share my terrifying near-death experience of being swept down Brownshorts couloir outside of RMR last Friday. I write this in hope that others may learn from my painful mistakes. For those of you that don’t know me, my real name is Andrew Sheppard, some of you (if you’re old enough), may remember me from the days of RAP Films (think skinny skis, neon clothes, VHS…). I used to get out and ski a lot more in my younger days, but I do still try to get out as much as possible, albeit with much fewer days in the backcountry than I used to (contributing factor…!).
    I woke up Friday morning planning on meeting a friend at RMR and going for a slack-country walk outside the area boundary. I checked the Avalanche Canada website, and saw that they were calling the avalanche risk “Considerable/Moderate/Moderate”. My first thought was to heed the warning and manage the risk by making conservative terrain choices. After all, most avalanche fatalities occur under the Considerable rating. I thought if we hiked the peak, we could ski back down the south side, sticking to mellow angles and previously skied terrain. As we were hiking up, we noticed several parties ahead of us on the peak already. Once on top, I was surprised to see that people had really been getting after it – SE Face of Mackenzie and N Face of Montana both had tracks, and there were multiple tracks heading over to Brownshorts/Thumbs Up. At this point, I believe I experienced subconscious mental shift - I took off my conservative thinking hat and replaced it with my “let’s go skiing!” hat. Without much discussion, we followed the tracks down the N side of Mackenzie down to Brownshorts, noting the wind effect on the way over. To our surprise, nobody had skied Brownshorts yet. My “let’s go skiing” voice drowned out any conservative thinking, and suddenly, I found myself ready to ski exactly what I didn’t want to be even thinking about earlier that day, further consolidating my mental shift. I had totally erased my earlier thoughts of conservative terrain choices, as well as skiing previously skied terrain. For some reason, my mind was now made up that I was going to ski Brownshorts.
    I was already down on the skiers right of the entrance, where I could safely look down most of the line. I have to think that it was from being out of practice that I didn’t follow my typical proper pre-run procedures; I didn't hike back up and try to kick off some cornice to try and trigger the slope without exposing myself to it, or put myself in a much safer place to perform my ski cut (this simple step could have possibly changed the whole outcome of my season). We did have a short conversation about how to ski it safely, but it was just that – short… Whatever it was, I somehow felt in a hurry to just get in there and ski the thing up without re-evaluating what the hell I was getting myself into. So off I went, skiing into the open mouth of a shark…
    I made a ski cut from right to left, and barely got in the chute when the whole thing cracked underneath me, instantly taking me on a “magic carpet ride”. It was hard slab (hence the wide propagation), and I could quickly feel that even though there wasn’t an enormous amount of snow above me, it was dense, heavy, and powerful, and I was not going to be able to escape it easily. I made a jump turn to get my skis fall line and try to gain any amount of control that I could, and then pointed my skis to the right. As the hard slab began to break up, I found that I was actually getting a little bit of traction and had a glimmer of hope that I may be able to get out of the way of whatever snow remained above me. I figure I was already about 50+ meters down the chute when another powerful wave of snow overtook me. This extinguished any hopes that I was going to get out of this slide. Here I was, helplessly rag-dolling down Brownshorts in a turbulent slab avalanche, thinking “will you be buried alive, or pasted on a rock outcropping at the bottom…?”. Luckily both my skis and poles had come off, and I tumbled helplessly in a spin cycle of white, gasping for air but breathing in snow. I was dreading a massive impact on the rock outcroppings that were fast approaching below when suddenly I was airborne; I thought “please be a soft landing, PLEASE be a soft landing!”, and sure enough the combination of avalanche debris and soft snow cushioned my landing as I continued to rag-doll through the cliffs. Then I was airborne again, tumbling through the air like a cat thrown out a window, this time with significantly more hang time. Again, “please be a soft landing, please please PLEASE be a soft landing…!!!” went through my head. Another relatively soft landing and several decelerating tumbles and I came to a complete stop.
    HOLY FUCK!!!
    I immediately stood up, performing a rapid self-assessment as I coughed out the snow that was packed in my lungs. I couldn’t believe it, after being freight trained down the entire chute and launched off two cliffs, I was able to stand on my own two feet, bend my knees, move my arms, my head, and there was no blood on the snow (or anywhere else). I could feel my glutes starting to swell and knew my ass must have taken a substantial hit, likely bouncing off one of the cliffs. I looked over and saw some people standing on the ridge by top of Gracias Ridge/Greely Bowl and waved my hands signaling that I was okay. They yelled out and asked if I was hurt, I responded yes. They asked if I needed a toboggan, and I responded yes, to which they responded that patrol was on their way. I scanned the debris around me and saw no signs of my skis or poles. Then my thoughts went back to my potential injuries, and I knew I should probably minimize movement until my C-spine had been checked (even though I didn’t feel any obvious pain). I waited, rattled and in disbelief that I was relatively okay after what I had just been through. Soon, RMR ski patroller Elliot (AKA “Moose”) showed up and assessed me for injuries. After checking my C-spine, he asked if I could walk downhill and out of the “line of fire”, to meet his cohort Josh, who was bringing the toboggan. I apologized to them for putting them in danger to come rescue me, I felt pretty small and foolish at this point.
    I was loaded on the toboggan and taken down to Greely Lake, where I hiked up and over the hump to the cat track, and was then tobogganed by snowmobile to the gondi, where I downloaded and was then taken to the hospital for x-rays. The x-rays showed I had broken my coccyx, but everything else was fine. My knees were both sore, but upon examination no ligament damage was found.
    I feel incredibly lucky to have survived this incident with only relatively minor injuries. I have to look at this as an opportunity for reflection, and hopefully others can learn from my mistakes. Looking back, I see that I had a subconscious shift in mindset on my way up, where I went from wanting to make conservative terrain choices, to being almost willfully ignorant of the obvious risks around me in order to get some fresh tracks down a classic line. My lack of getting out fueled my inner desire to get some mileage under my belt. I have to think that my own ego likely also played a role, wanting to prove to myself that I can still “get after it”. I was definitely out of practice in the backcountry; I was also likely complacent with being in the “slack country”, but make no mistake, the “slack country” around RMR is anything but slack… the terrain and hazards are very real, and proper backcountry mindset is crucial as soon as you leave the boundary.
    I’m looking forward to getting back on my skis, hopefully before the season is over. As far as Brownshorts goes, I think it is a very serious line that is all too easy to access. It’s never been my favorite line, and it’s even less so now…! I hope my mishap can act as a lesson to even one person out there; be very aware of “skier’s brain”, and how we can talk ourselves into taking life threatening risks, all for just one run of fun. Take a couple extra seconds on top of every backcountry run and go through your checklist, and make sure you are not biased in your justification to ski a run. Easy enough to say from your couch, but a whole different story when you’re looking down at your next adrenaline fix…! And one more thing, I would again like to express my extreme gratitude to the RMR Patrol (especially Moose and Josh!) for helping get me off the mountain that day, and for all the other hard work they put in so that we can enjoy all the great skiing RMR has to offer!
    Enjoy the snow and have a safe winter!!!


  18. #418
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    Thanks for posting this ML - it's a pretty pertinent item that comes up during touring when someone in the group is like "hey, look over there..."

    PS - the 24cm at marmot today skied damn nice in places - upper mountain wind slab and lower mountain was a bit moist - saw lots of folks struggling a bit, but overall, great day and face shots if you knew where the light stuff was.

  19. #419
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    Crazy day at Kimbo.

    After a foot of new we started hiking early to the backside as the quad is still broken down. On the way there we found out the power was now out on the hill and Tamarack chair couldnt open. So we continued on up another km to Easter which still runs on a diesel engine.

    Great first tracks everywhere until the storm winds kicked in, then trees started coming down all over the runs so the hill shut down.

    We took a final long run on Tramway knowing wed have to hike out, but it was still untracked at 11:30 and totally worth it.

    Then we had a terrifying hike from the backside as trees were crashing down on all sides of the trail out.

    Amazing that with all that there were probably still 300 or so people who hiked to Easter, about the equivalent for hiking up Glacier at Louise. A lot of diehards around here!

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    Well that day was an adventure... left my house around 5am and home just after 8pm.

    Another 90 minute gondi wait but when I got to the top the winds were dying down and visibility improved. Stairway was open for the first time in the day so I did 2 quick laps there and the wind completely died and the sun even came out!

    I wish I had gone to pioneer earlier in the day when the gondi was delayed, I wish I brought the pon2oons I bought from Mntlion because I haven't tried them yet and the conditions would have been perfect for them, I wish I headed east on the trans canada while it was open and before I bought a sandwich (it was closed shortly after that and I had to go home via Radium), and I wish I saw that cop earlier than I did and avoided a fine!

    But man, those turns at KH were amazing!

    Even got refreshed wind buff turns down Show Off at 3pm.

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    Tried to play hookie today from work at Pano. Was hoping to bolt after the 10-15 overnight after a 930-1030 conference call, but got bogged down in working on a software defect. Finally, out the door at 1245.

    It was 5*C and everything melting. Got on the Mile 1 chair alone, it immediately slowed and a wall of meltwater spewed down on me from the bull wheel. Soaked head to toe. My c. 2005 ski swap special ski suit, not waterproof, I was a drowned rat.

    As the lift went up, I noticed the Champagne chair not turning. Nothing above the Mile 1 and Sunbird was moving due to high winds. Eff it, ski home.

    Then it was 1000 vertical through 6 of wet cement chop, down past poma and skied into driveway on top of big snowplow snow boulders. Lower back was screaming. Sweaty, miserable and wet.

    Went straight back to work and solved a bunch of problems. Miserable.


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    ^^^ now I feel bad about my post.

    I've had similar skunkings at fernie after a 3 hour drive if that makes you feel any better.

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  23. #423
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    Speaking of Fernie, does anybody know what happened there yesterday wrt precipitation? Slightly worried that it may have rained pretty high up the mountain. Their website says its recommended to stay on groomed (and lots of stuff is closed), which I always take with a grain of salt but it seems like the severe weather likely resulted in some shitty snow.

  24. #424
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    Bullet proof everywhere except the very very top and up there it was slabby. Lots of trees down. Lots and lots of slide activity. Groomer skiing only and it was icy as fuck. Currie, Lizard, Cedar closed. Unless it gets warm or we get more snow it sucks balls on most of the mountain. Did have a number of good groomer runs this morning in the sun, bluebird.

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    Kimberley dodged the rain except for a thin zipper crust at the bottom of Tammy and the frontside.

    Today was wind affected on certain exposures and still soft on others. We quickly figured out where to go.

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