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By marvin (Mon Dec 28, 2015 at 11:06:07 AM EST) (all tags)
If I have ever had a ski day like yesterday, it was over 20 years ago. 25cm. Snow is my drug of choice.

A temperature of less than -8C is considered ideal for powder snow. You get light, fluffy powder, which doesn't pack. With 25cm overnight at around -9C, orgasmic is a fitting adjective. Even though I was using my wide all-mountain skis, which have tips almost as fat as a true powder ski,  I still couldn't see the tips in some places where the snow had drifted to somewhere near waist-deep.

We were on the lift right after opening, so the mountain was largely untracked. The 60km/h wind gusts and blowing snow were brutal for the last five or ten lift towers on Gem Lake, but we headed to a bowl that is somewhat on the lee side. By the time we dropped 100m of vertical and hit the treeline, the next 600m was protected from the wind by the spruce and fir forest.

Had the snow been any deeper, I would have needed a snorkel. My oldest son has commented that the past two weeks have made up for last season, which was miserably icy.

If I die of a heart attack, that is how I want to go out, mid turn, working my way down a mountain in snow like that.

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But think of the children by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Dec 28, 2015 at 12:25:09 PM EST
...gathering the scattered parts of your body off the blood stained snow. 

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
I won't be paying for their therapy by marvin (4.00 / 3) #2 Mon Dec 28, 2015 at 12:53:39 PM EST
Totally dead, won't care.

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