Whitewater had received 27 inches of snow in the 5 days before, with Saturday and Monday being the big powder days. 2 days later there was almost no untracked but lots of loose soft snow. Weather was overcast all day with on and off snow flurries. We spent the morning on the new (3 years) Glory Ridge side, starting with a warmup on Morning Glory ending with this short open area, Got Some.
Next run we dropped into the Fuse trees skier’s left of the lift.
Our 3rd was the more challenging Backside Bowl.
Snow was good enough in here that we stayed with it all the way down through some tighter sections.
Our last Glory Ridge run was in the Det Cord trees near our second run.
We returned to the base for lunch via Glory Basin
Don’t miss lunch at Whitewater. The cafeteria is down home Mad River ambience but Deer Valley food quality.
After lunch we skied mostly the Summit chair. First run we traversed far skier’s right. Liz dropped in early at Galena.
I went all the way out to Catch Basin, including a short step up at the end.
The first few turns were untracked, then more cut up snow through the trees. It took long enough to get out there, so Liz had another run while I caught up skiing her previous line in Galena.
We had spotted Sleeper behind the patrol shack on our first traverse and skied there next.
Our last 2 runs were on the Silver King side. Weather started to clear so we got a good over view of the Summit side.
Our last run was out to the last marked run Canadian Belle so we could ski directly to the car. It was lightly tracked powder and some local boarders were launching a catwalk.
At the car it cleared more and we got our only view of Ymir Peak above the ski area.
We skied 18,300 vertical, probably about 5K of cutup powder 2 days after the most recent storm. Liz thought the practice skiing in the trees and soft snow was very helpful. Much of Whitewater’s tree skiing is fairly steep but the more consistent intermediate pitch of the trees skier’s left of the Glory Ridge chair are a great training area for those with less experience in the trees. Whitewater’s usually best-in-interior-BC lift-served snow conditions and low skier density are also major virtues.
Season length: 21 months, Nov. 29, 2010 - July 2, 2012
Days in one year: 80 from Nov. 29, 2010 - Nov. 17, 2011
Season vertical: 1,318K in 2010-11
Season powder: 291K in 2011-12