curtis pawliuk| Mountain Sledder Magazine
The Mountain Information Network (MIN) is THE source for real-time, location-specific information on riding conditions…or it could be. Here’s the caveat.
Right from the first initial snowflake that sticks to the ground, we should be paying attention. While early-season snowfalls get our blood pumping for the first rip, we can do ourselves a big favor if we try to understand a little bit of what is happening up in the mountains during the early-season.
Riding conditions have been amazing over the last week. Spring riding is certainly a roll of the dice as you never know what to expect although so far the alpine has been getting regular reloads of nice, cold snow.
Spring is certainly in the air in our neck of the woods and we are seeing some of the best spring riding conditions we have seen in years. With regular small reloads and cool alpine temperatures, the riding quality it still way up there and people are getting after it. Alpine snow is remaining cold and fresh with no mash potatoes above the 1800 meter mark.
As a mountain sledder who loves riding and is also fiercely dedicated to avalanche education, I am absolutely intrigued as to why mountain sledders make the decisions they do, and what we can do to ensure everyone comes home at the end of the day.
Warm temps and rain down low were the trend in conditions this week. As of Thursday, the riding above 1800m has remained quite good. Over the last couple of days we have received upwards of 20-25cm in the alpine riding areas.
After quite a long, and brutally cold dry spell, it looks like our weather may be changing here over the next few days. To what extent or extreme, no one really knows. We have upwards of 30cm forecasted to hit the valley by Saturday and then what looks to be above zero temperatures called for early next week. Strange winter for sure.
The alpine riding areas have received a sick new dose of snow over the last few days and the alpine riding is superb. Up to 40cms has fallen so far and winds have moved it around a bit so if you find nice sheltered, lee location, it’s all-time epic. …