The wind usually blows from the southwest in Revelstoke. Sometimes that wind gets moist. Really moist. And it starts dumping white stuff out of the sky for three days or something.
It’s called a moist westerly. Moist, and westerly. Coming from the great, big, hyper-moist Pacific Ocean.
In Revelstoke, it so happens that this solidified moisture gets so deep that it gets all over your face. It’s hard to explain why that’s so sweet…it just is.
Between Monday the 26th, and today the 28th, we’ve picked up another 40 cms or so, enough to make it way deep in the slackcountry. That means 250 inches total so far, the most in North America. And huge pillows. It means huge pillows.
Being the Holidays and all, it’s been pretty busy at the lifts. Yesterday saw plenty of skier traffic packing the new snow into a base that’s almost two meters at 6000 ft. In North Bowl it’s probably more like three. This base will continue to serve us well as the snow continues to pile up after the crowds are gone. Currently, conditions are soft with packed powder on the resort and oh so deep powder in the slackcountry. The next few days will be excellent for resort skiing, and then the backcountry will be going off for the new year. Expect trip reports from Rogers Pass.
For now, it looks like one more storm cycle until an extended period of severe cold and dry weather that will invade most of the western U.S. This should bring us another 40 cms but we’ll have to wait and see as forecasts are rarely reliable here.