Red Mountain: Great cruising at Red today

  Posted by Stuart on 07/03/2009 @ 04:51
Resort / Country: Red Mountain, Canada | Visited 1886 times
There had been a few snow flurries overnight but the day began with a clear blue sky and much colder temperatures than the last few mornings.It was -12c at the base at 7am and stayed well below freezing all day.
There were more people on the hill this morning, mostly school kids but it was still pretty quiet.
After finding some nice fresh turns yesterday and still not feeling 100% from the stomach bug I have had we thought it would be a good day to cruise the groomed runs. We started off with some nice fast turns down the front of Red where hardly anyone else had been. The snow was in excellent shape on piste early on before the sun was onto that side.
We then headed up the Silverlode Chair then the Motherlode Chair to the top of Granite Mountain. The views this morning were excellent all the way across the Columbia river and down into Idaho. We then headed down Buffalo Ridge and onto Main Run. The snow was well groomed and hardpacked and a joy to ride, this run is pretty steep but always feels really easy and comfortable to make decent turns on.
On the Paradise side we had good sport on Southern Belle,Gambler and Ruby Tuesday.
Lunch in Rafters with a pint of Tree Ale then back to the top for another blast down Main Run. The sun had been on it and it had softened up a little but was still just as good.
The base on all the main runs at Red are deep and well covered but some of the steeper gladed runs off piste such as Slides Traverse and Shoulder could really do with a bit more snow as there are some exposed areas.
An enjoyable and relaxed day today where the scenery and weather and fine cruising nearly made up for the lack of powder.Click to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full imageClick to view full image
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