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  1. #51
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    23/24 Cdn Rockies and related thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty_J View Post
    Summer grooming? Do you mean trimming the bush? If so, that makes sense.

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    Yes. Cutting bushes, alders etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tintin5 View Post
    Yes. Cutting bushes, alders etc.
    This is one of the major issues at fernie... it's like 70s porn star there at the choke points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty_J View Post
    Summer grooming? Do you mean trimming the bush? If so, that makes sense.

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    Proper summer grooming at a ski resort would include pulling stumps, picking rocks, planting grass, in addition to having runs on a rotation to cut weeds and small conifers. It can have a bigger overall impact than snow making and pays dividends every season.

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    These are probably 250cm skis relative to body height, so this elf is badass enough for TGR, right?

    He is kind of tail-gunning, however.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
    Proper summer grooming at a ski resort would include pulling stumps, picking rocks, planting grass, in addition to having runs on a rotation to cut weeds and small conifers. It can have a bigger overall impact than snow making and pays dividends every season.
    That makes a lot of sense.

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    IF they are allowed to do it. Half the Rockies resorts would have tons of hoops to jump through to get permission from government bodies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOLOCOMan View Post
    IF they are allowed to do it. Half the Rockies resorts would have tons of hoops to jump through to get permission from government bodies.
    Agreed, lots of hoops to jump thru with resorts that are in national parks, but that leaves all of the resorts in B.C. able to do summer grooming and I believe it will become a growing trend at B.C. resorts, if it hasn't already.

    At Sun Peaks the summer grooming program has been on going for 30+ years and it shows. One poor to start the winter season a few years ago, they had 18" of compacted snow for a base and 100 runs open with very few rocks showing and they have pulled every stump on the mountain.

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    LL now has all lifts spinning and starting to open backside terrain

    SSV has all but GE spinning and also just starting to get more interesting terrain open

    Overall better at LL, but nice to everyone setting up well for the holidays.


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    Good you have decent coverage down I the Bow Valley. We are painfully dry up here in Jasper 40ish cm base. SNow making is saving the lower and an interesting choice of opening the Ridge chair for some spicy natural terrain.

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    Nice place you have here, only someone should have told me a can of dip was $40 can. Hoping they drop the rope on this beast while I’m here. Wow, what a place.

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    ^^^ Is that a recent photo? ^^^

    Amazing coverage

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    Yesterday. About 6-8” new up top. Full coverage to base, no rocks, skiing the new boards no problem. Maybe a couple small rope drops today, saw patrol working at end of day in cedar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cono Este View Post
    Yesterday. About 6-8” new up top. Full coverage to base, no rocks, skiing the new boards no problem. Maybe a couple small rope drops today, saw patrol working at end of day in cedar.

    That's music to my ears, hope the snow keeps up throughout the season

    Planning to be there with 1 of my kids in early Feb for a week, stoked for it

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    Caught two rope drops yesterday. Concussion ridge and cedar. First tracks down Concussion maybe some of the best skiing I’ve ever done. Mind blowing. Pic is from return to lizard bowl, I think it’s called corner pocket. More openings today but headed to revy.



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    It was a no lunch type of day, grateful to have gotten the tip off from patrol! TY K
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    When Fernie is good or is hard to beat. Good fall line, nice trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashidy View Post
    When Fernie is good or is hard to beat. Good fall line, nice trees.
    and when it is bad, WOW, is it bad.

    high risk stocks....

    Crypto of skiing


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    Well said! Feast or famine….

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    Couldn't agree more, the terrain is underwhelming, and everything is very expensive! IMHO, Louise/Sunshine almost always have better, more reliable conditions. The infrastructure is better there too, and Banff is a much cooler town with more to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Evil View Post
    Couldn't agree more, the terrain is underwhelming, and everything is very expensive! IMHO, Louise/Sunshine almost always have better, more reliable conditions. The infrastructure is better there too, and Banff is a much cooler town with more to do.
    Lol... well played.

    I've skied fernie in the rain at the bottom and it was still amazing at the top and still worth getting soaked. And that's when it's bad.

    Love that hill.

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    I love fernie as well.

    I jsut pick my days more cafefully.


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    Fernie has the Ghostriders, which is nice…


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty_J View Post
    Lol... well played.

    I've skied fernie in the rain at the bottom and it was still amazing at the top and still worth getting soaked. And that's when it's bad.

    Love that hill.
    Fern is amazing. There's so much terrain that pushes my limits I'm set for life there lol. Totally agree, I was taking face shots on Christmas Day last year, and was soaked when I came down below the Bear Chair.

    I would both love and hate if they upgraded the chairs, because more people. They are supposed to put a gondola down to Timberlanding but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

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    You guys have it good. Fernie was one of the best resorts I’ve skied. Even with the heavier snow, I’ll dream about my runs of concussion ridge. As a quasi Brit/Canadien, loved thepeople too.

    Revy was ok, bad conditions to rate it.

    Until next time. Whistler next.

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    My best day was at Fernie (chest deep under the Timber Chair) and worst day (curling rink ice in the shade and puddles/slush in the sun).

    Probably more good days than bad there, but bad days have real bad.

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    Some fine Pow harvesting this last week in the Purcells. Touch and go on the stability. Quantity and quality gets better as you get above 6500...

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