Monday, March 29, 2010
We had a short day of work today picking up a group ski touring at Qua Yurt. Sara and Ethan had decided that it would be a good day to come visit the Wildhorse. We had in mind sunshine and spring conditions but woke to more than a foot of fresh powder snow and wind gusts hitting 70 km/h up at Wildhorse Cabin. We did some job training on snowcat driving and at 6 months old he seems to be doing OK.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Typically the springtime brings improving stability. Not this winter. We had lots of early season snow and then February and March brought small storms and a series of weak surface hoar crystals creating avalanche hazard. Toward mid-March the amount of snow on top of the weak layers was a huge threat. For the last month we had been treading very carefully in the mountains around Wildhorse keeping everyone safe. Looking carefully at the photo below you can see a 50-70cm fracture line across 300m of Wildhorse Bowl. Great skiing when the conditions permit. Our first priority is keeping everyone safe - even when everyone is saying "steep and deep".
Thursday, March 18, 2010
When I meet people that have skied at a wide variety of snowcat skiing operations it is always interesting to find out what they like about Wildhorse Catskiing. There are a range of options out there offering a variety of services. Here are some of the reasons:
Accessible Location - for our U.S. customers we are 3 hours away from the Spokane WA airport. Calgary and Southern Alberta - 3-7 hours and people doing the Powder Triangle tour we are on the road with all the popular Kootenay ski resorts.
Snow and Terrain - We have a good variety of terrain that keeps most skiers very happy and we get the snow and the quality is good. We have short runs, steep runs, long runs and awesome views.
Daily Operation and Ymir Palace - Wildhorse is based out of the Ymir Palace in the town of Ymir. Roscoe and Belinda do a great job creating home-style cooked meals, a friendly low-key atmosphere at a great price. Skiers get all of the amenities of a small town BC town including the Ymir Hotel, a liquor store and the town of Nelson just minutes up the road.
We are happy with the results - skiers like skiing at Wildhorse because the price is right for lots of powder skiing, the food is great, the beer is cheap, and everyone is out to have a good time.