Friday, December 05, 2008

General Backcountry Ski Chatter



December is here and our latest issue is on the street. Now, if our local hills could only get some more snow. 


Word from Tannis at Sorcerer Lodge in the Selkirks and Aaron up at Sol Mountain in the Monashees is that the high elevation snowpack is coming along, albeit slowly.  Tannis shared this image of skiing at Rogers Pass this week and reports that Rogers Pass has received 65cm of new snow the past few days! If only the flow would drop a little further south.



A few interesting news stories related to skiing and climbing have come accross my desk recently including this piece in the NY Times about high elevation climbing and brain cells. Seems like I have heard this before, but I have trouble recalling. Also interesting for anyone who has kept abreast of the controversial development plans at Wolf Creek Pass, the USFS recently suspended the EIS process for the development when they did not receive a new propoasl for the EIS by Nov 20th - a few more details are here.


Although not backcontry ski related, word is that Crested Butte Mountain Resort recently sold to a Florida based company. The purchase will likely not mean too much to skiers, but may facilitate new lodge construction. - read more


Other cool news reports that scientists have found some great Dinosaur tracks in Utah near the Arizona border within Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. The Jurassic era foot prints are upwards of 190 million years old and so plentiful, it is being described as a "dance floor" - read more here.


Finally, I will wrap up with a plu for our new ball caps - 100% organic cotton - low key earthtone color (jungle) and only $16, shipping included!




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