30-March-2017: Revelstoke Ride Report

Sadly bringing you the final ride report of the season, but happy to report that there is still lots of snow. Freezing levels went way up today though - close to 2000m and the snow turned a little bit to elephant snot but it was still fun and deep. It makes for a perfect reason to get out of the rain in the valley bottom to go and nab some faceshots. Visibility has not been great but as long as these pacific low pressure systems keep delivering, I will not complain. We are going through small avalanche cycles with each storm and there has been some large natural avalanches to be aware of. It is a little spooky right now with so much storm snow and wind and cornice build up, please don't let your guard down just because it is spring. Looking forward we are going to see a very brief period of high pressure with a chance of sun on Friday before the next system rolls through for Saturday. We have 2 more weeks until the caribou closures open, so let's just let it keep stacking up! On the trails we are still in good shape, there is just starting to be some dirt showing through and riding is still good from the parking lot with fun slush riding from about 1000m and below. Enjoy your weekend, stay safe and look forward to continuing to bring you ride reports next year! 

La Niña Sled Campers getting after all that fresh that just keeps on falling. PC : Brianna Lukkar

La Niña Sled Campers getting after all that fresh that just keeps on falling. PC : Brianna Lukkar

23-March-2017 : Revelstoke Ride Report

We are nearing closer and closer each day to "dual sport season", my favorite time of year. Go sledding all day in the hot pow and then head down hill for a bike ride. Not quite though, winter is not completely over. This past week has been filled with almost continuous precipitation, and if you get up there early, it is still pretty soft and fluffy. The noon hour is when it starts to turn to mashed potatoes. Still fun but definitely gets heavier. The avalanche conditions are still tricky up there, especially with the new snow that we receive daily, and the moderate winds creating interesting wind slabs. 

Looking forward we have another 2 days of precipitation and freezing levels to 1500m. The sun might come out for a little twinkle on Sunday, so it looks like a great day to ride with some tinted lenses and cooler temperatures! The trail report is as to be expected for this time of year - thundered. The groomed trails don't last too long in this weather and any areas that don't get groomed regularly are absolutely miserable. Huge whoops - crank up your suspension and pin it. 

Stay safe out there friends, and as always, check the avalanche conditions at your riding area at www.avalanche.ca

It might be elephant snot, but it is still snow!

It might be elephant snot, but it is still snow!

15-March-2017 : Revelstoke Ride Report

It is wet and deep and avalanchy. We have been in the midst of a monsoon for the last week here in Revelstoke. It has been raining at valley bottom since the weekend and freezing levels moved up to 2000m today and haven't been too far below that for the past few days. Alpine has been receiving snow every day in the form of moist, sticky schmoo - close to a meter of the stuff since last weekend! We can't complain one bit though because it is still fun and it is still snow. The avalanche conditions have heightened at all elevations due to the heavy loading up high and saturation down low. Things are moving and it has been a long lived natural cycle with the fresh precipitation every day and the wakening of some deeper persistent weak layers. Don't let your guard down, pay attention to the signs and warnings. 

It appears that we are in for a few more days of continuing storm, with rain down low and snow up high. Saturday night should bring some reprieve and some cooler temperatures along with it for the better part of next week. With this ride report I am happy to admit that we are enjoying an unreal winter, albeit a little warm down low. However, I also find it my duty to remind you that it is scary out there with all the avalanche hazard and the unpredictable variation in the snowpack. Please make good decisions and stick to simple terrain this weekend my friends.

Face shots that literally almost knock you out in this snow!

Face shots that literally almost knock you out in this snow!

10-March-2017 : Revelstoke Ride Report

March is the new December. That is how I have heard it described over the last few weeks. We have had continuous storms move through bringing a steady flow of resets to our alpine areas. It has been nothing short of amazing, even too deep at times......nah...just kidding. It looks like we are going to have a few more days of this winter paradise storm riding before the spring temperatures start to invade. There is a another series of storms forecast starting Friday and through until next week. Each storm will bring successive warmer temperatures and higher freezing levels. We are expected to see well over 20 cm this weekend so get out and get after it before the heat does. Freezing levels are expected to climb to 1800 m by next Tuesday. This will coincide with climbing avalanche hazards so make sure you are on the ball and getting the bulletins and all the other information you can for your riding areas. There is not much in the way of sun for the forecast, so bring your low light lenses. I highly recommend coming out to enjoy all this amazing snow that we have been and continue to get this March - you never know when winter is going to end so don't waste a single minute of it!

Choose your friends wisely this week. It's tits deep.

Choose your friends wisely this week. It's tits deep.

3-March-2017 : Revelstoke Ride Report

March has touched down on us and brought with it a full reset. This week has been busy with pacific systems moving through and there has been very little in the way of sunshine. Over the week we have seen between 30 and 50 cm of fresh and it continues to keep falling as I sit here and write. It looks like it will continue right through until Friday night followed by a brief reprieve on Saturday and then more snow for Sunday. Freezing levels are expected to fluctuate up to 1200m and the winds are likely to remain from the south. There has been a lot of avalanche activity on the storm slab already, mostly steep sluffing and soft slabs but you can bet that things are going to ramp up by the hour with this continued loading. Please take your time to go through the bulletin before you ride and know the conditions. I promise they will be elevated everywhere in Revelstoke - so if you can't see what is above you, I don't recommend riding that feature. With that being said, there is lots of fresh snow upon us and all kinds of simple terrain we can work with so get out there and get some snow in your face!