Sunday, Suddenly Sunny, Ski

After a month struggling with a virus, I was feeling better. And on Sunday there was a diamond-hard blue sky. Time to find some snow and ski.

Sunrise - departing Snug Cove on the ferry

Sunrise - departing Snug Cove on the ferry

There is snow high on the local mountains

No snow at sea level, but lots high on the local mountains

Access to Hollyburn Mt for skiers, snowshoers, hikers

Access to Hollyburn Mt. for skiers, snowshoers, hikers

It was cold at 1000 meters, and there was over a meter of snow on the ground. Compare this scene with the same place last year at this time: just before the Olympics.

That snow may look soft, but it is brutally hard.

Very hard snow, sparkling in the sunlight

Very hard snow, sparkling in the sunlight

Hole shows snow depth - at Water Boards, Hollyburn Mt.

Hole shows snow depth - at Water Boards, Hollyburn Mt.

Out of bounds on Hollyburn Mt.

Out of bounds on Hollyburn Mt.

Normally the best backcountry skiing on this hill is up there. We explored some of that inviting but icy slope and decided to return when there was something softer. It was a beautiful day and fun to be on snow again.


Edited post to add:

Compare the above snowpack to the huge amount of snow we found on a lovely February 24th, 2008

Cypress Provincial Park staff have cut a path to reach the trailhead on Hollyburn

Cypress Provincial Park staff have cut a path with steps in the snow to reach the trailhead on Hollyburn Mountain

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