Posts Tagged 'mt. strachan'

A rainy day on the hill

We have hills, and we have snow. A little rain is no excuse for a backcountry skier not to ski. So, today we went to the local hill (during the Olympics they called it Cypress Mountain, but it is really Mt. Strachan). The good news is the commercial operation is closed for the season (at last). We were prepared for rain, so we had a good time. There is not much to say, but this is a web log — so this is really to log the conditions as of early May, 2010. This is a very short clip…

At the parking lot, about 3000 ft., the lower mountain looks like there is not much snow up there. Actually we found a good route up. By 3500 ft. there was lots of snow, and even a thin layer of fresh snow. Above 4000 ft the rain had turned to graupel and it was rattling off my Gore-tex. In cloud and snow there is not much to photograph… so there is only a tiny video clip taken at 4650 ft.

Last ski of the season above Cypress Bowl

Yesterday we had to walk a ways up the ski runs from the parking lot  to find snow. On the upper slopes and glades we could find some lines to ski. I’m not holding the camera in the gnarly bits — I needed my hands for the ski poles. So the moving ski stuff is fairly tame… but this will give you a sense of what is left of the winter up there. Next week if we want to ski we will have to go into the higher hills up North. This filthy snow gummed up the base of the skis. If we go to bigger mountains and above the tree line in the days ahead we’ll probably have cleaner snow.

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