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It's that time of the year again! 

Local h/botters gathered again for BBQ sacrifice to Ullr. Numbers were a bit down, due to many members being away. Never the less we had good time. 15051024186560.jpg.7a3f920f6e9c9ec1c271ec4297610ab7.jpg

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May the snow be with us! 

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5 minutes ago, charliechocolate said:

So that's what happened to that Pomeranian.

No pets were harmed during this ceremony! 

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Sorry that I couldn't make the BBQ, gents- but I do have a new carving crew member who will be tasting her first snow this season- say Hi to our new Golden Retriever, Mayzie!

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Our friend Federico just sent this nice shot from Kitsilano! :) 

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I also have a report from Cypress Ski Club that it's dusted all the way down to the lodge! 

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Using the spotting scope at my house in East Van, I can see the snow guns on Cypress and Grouse getting busy- time to start scraping off the storage wax on the quiver....

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Webcam shot, this morning: 

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Don't get too excited, though - some pretty warm temps are on forecast for next few days... 

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Just came back from the AGM at Cypress... Very sunny and warm, millions of hikers and cyclists! 

Temp drop and snow on forecast, late in the week! 

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It's happening! 

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32cm (yes THIRTY TWO!) more to come down this pm! With the cold temps from now on, this is going to stay. :) 

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Wooohooo!  

 

From Cypress' site:

" Cypress Mountain Opens The Downhill Area For The 2017/18 Winter Season!

Cypress Mountain is pleased to announce we will be opening for skiing and snowboarding this Friday November 10, 2017.  This will be the 3rd earliest opening in our 33 year history.
 We received 30cm of fresh snow on Thursday November 1st followed by perfect temperatures to make snow. With our recently expanded State of the Art Snowmaking System, we have been making huge amounts of snow on the Eagle Express terrain. Since Friday, we have made the equivalent of 28 football fields with a foot of snow and will continue to blow snow 24 hours a day as the weather permits.
 The Downhill Area will be open from 9am to 4pm with the High Speed Eagle Express Quad Chair accessing Maelle Ricker’s ski run (Fork) with terrain for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders, as well as Easy Rider Quad Chair accessing Runway ski run for beginners. The Skate Park (terrain park) will once again be open for opening day with 6 features to enjoy.  The Cypress Creek Grill and Gold Medal Café will be in operation and Crazy Raven Bar & Grill will open over the weekend.
 Opening Day Tickets will be 40% off."  

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Maya and I picked up our passes this afternoon, and took the new puppy up to give her a taste of her first snowfall- I’m happy to report thatbwe have a powderhiund.

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Saturday.

Conditions were hero corduroy with decent coverage on the 2010 Olympic™® Boarder-Cross run. Snow was cushy and fast. First couple of runs were best with very few people on the run. Two chairlifts were open, which is impressive considering the early-season opening. Mid-morning, it started dumping. Raven will be opening soon! The famous pulled-pork poutine was a familiar but satisfying treat during the lunch break.

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Maya and one of her buddies and I made it to opening day yesterday.

Since it was a pro-D day for all of the students in the Van school board, it was hella busy- cars were parked all the way to the overflow lots by 1100. 

Nice weather, icy runs until the sun softened up on upper and lower fork, but considering it’s the third earliest opening date in Cypress’s history, it was all good.

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Good stuff guys and girls, nice reports and good news! 

I'll start next weekend. I'll run the outdoor intro session for instructors on Sunday. Indoors on Saturday... 

Unless someone wants to book a lesson Wed - Fri ;) 

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Quick copy/paste from that orher forum - my opening day, previous Sunday: 

I had my first on snow day yesterday and it was spectacular! 30 cm of fresh came down duringvthe day! Most of the people in the city though it was raining, so the crowd wasn't duge (for Sunday). Visibility was mostly good. 
I rode an old Arbor D66 in the AM and Dynastar 3800 169 in the PM, both set duck (with plates) for staff training purposes. I always surprise myself how wall this fan work with right bindings and hard boots.

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I had a solid mid day ride today. Snowing  (3cm from 11am to 1pm), mostly ok vis, no crowd. Sky chair was open too. 

Slightly worse conditions then that other Sunday, but it's accmulating quickly. Black runs are not ready yet. 

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A pretty awesome day at Whistler, today, at evaluators training! Fresh snow grooming didn' last too long though. Nice quality snow higher up, some crunch lower down... 

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Lunchbreak ^ ;) 

To be continued, tomorrow... 

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Ha, pulled pork putine, Canadian delicacy :)  Very nice in every form, but best ever is at the Hemlock Valley resort, which is a bit if a hidden gem, itself. 

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Day 2 of the course at Whistler. 

Nice pow in the am, turned into chop/bumps in the upper mountain, compacted and iced up in the lower... 

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Last day of early season staff training went smooth. Hero snow, surprisingly small croud in the am, butabsolute gong show in the pm! 

Meet the youngest snowboarder I've ever seen: 15123664091170.jpg.38df8350fe143ceb0bdc5b664d628b38.jpg

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Maya and I went up for 9 AM yesterday, and she went out with  just her friends on Saturday. 

Even with getting to the mountain at 0830, the parking lots were already filling up- by the time we left at 1130, the line ups were crazy- easily 2-300 people in the line up just waiting to buy TICKETS. Lots of carnage on the hill as it was very crowded and many sliders were pushing their capabilities, but not necessarily in decent ski shape yet- we saw 2-3 toboggan evacuations yesterday morning.

Talk about pent up demand! As Boris mentioned, snow conditions are good- not just good for this time of year, but GOOD. Night skiing started yesterday as well.

Snow guns are going full blast, and if the temperature stays cold, expect Rainbow chair to be opened by this weekend. 

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