Valemount| Mountain Sledder Magazine
The problem is that those first ride reports don’t usually show all the hazards and crappy parts that had to be endured to get that one sweet—but gingerly executed—pow turn.
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 areas received upwards of 30cm of snow on January 30, and riders have been blessed with blue skies and mild temperatures ever since. User numbers have been very low and riding should be quite good over the next couple.