It's time to ski and ride again... Santa stopped visiting me many years ago, so these days seeing the chairlift turning is almost like spotting an overstuffed stocking on Christmas morning. Yahoo, this is now my best day of the year! The opening day ritual starts the night before... Where are my gloves? Did I fix the broken strap on my poles? Pick up skis from the shop after a much needed tune. Then, a couple of questions. Is all this preparation really worth it? Is it time to forget chilly chairlift rides and just watch ski racing on TV instead?
According to Peter Harding, our Ski Area Manager at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, the science behind making snow is simple; “14 snow guns + 15 million gallons of water + cold weather = white fluffy snow”. Although Peter makes it sound simple it actually adds up to 50 days of around the clock snowmaking, equating to a manmade base of approximately two feet. To get the best possible conditions Mother Nature needs a bit of help, a push in the right direction and a jolt of winter!
It was an odd feeling walking up to the front desk at Fairmont Hot Springs with a bag in tow preparing to be a guest at the resort for a night, but I was truly looking forward to a dinner out and a soak in the hot springs. Having only worked at the resort for a few weeks I thought it was best that I take the lady at front desk up on her offer of a map and a run through of the amenities of the resort.
According to the Canadian Ski Council in an article titled “Now Screening at BC Winter Resorts: La Nina: The Sequel” , it is predicted to be yet again a fabulous snow year for many areas of B.C. Ski Resorts all throughout Canada last year received record levels of snowfall, providing some of the best conditions we’ve seen in years. Weather experts have again issued a ‘white alert’, across B.C, so wax those ski’s and snowboards and get ready to hit the snow!
Looking out my window, which is thankfully an aesthetic of the office, viewing the invigorating hot springs set on a mountain backdrop I know that I am lucky to live here in the Columbia Valley. About three years ago when making the move from the flatlands of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Invermere, British Columbia it was my immediate reaction to love the mountains, as most do, so I could hardly wait to take in all that B.C has to offer.
Snow dusted the Columbia Valley overnight Thursday... Our team is in Calgary at Snow Fest (Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Canada Olympic Park), so come and talk about the white stuff with us! We'll fire up the chairlift on December 16; to prepare for the season you'd better dig out your favourite ski movie ( hopefully it isn't Hot Dog ;).