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Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:47

Cooler temperatures result in some great powder skiing

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By Rose Sanchez
Southwest Alberta
While most southern Albertans had some difficulty adjusting to colder temperatures last week there was one positive — it made for some exciting powder skiing at hills including Castle Mountain west of Pincher Creek.

As of the end of last week there was a base of about 170 cm and about 70 cms of new snow had fallen, says Andrew Rusynyk, with the ski hill.

Thanks to those cold temperatures there was no moisture in the snow so it made for great powder skiing conditions.

“It’s the light and fluffy stuff,” says Rusynyk. “When it’s this cold the snow is so light, it’s excellent powder skiing.”

It makes for good skiing conditions, but because the snow is so dry that 70 cm of new snowfall will pack down adding only about 20 cm to the base. More snow in the coming weeks will definitely be welcomed by skiers.

The snowfall received so far this year has been about normal, says Rusynyk. It only seems like there has been less snow this year, because of the amount which fell last year. What has made for challenging skiing this year so far has been windy conditions.

The majority of the runs at Castle Mountain are open and it was hopeful officials would be able to open the last couple of shoots in the south area by last weekend. Officials were just waiting for the snow to be deep enough.

Attendance so far this season has been a little lacking, but that’s because of the warmer temperatures and lack of snow on the prairies earlier in the season.

“When there’s little snow on the prairies, people aren’t thinking skiing,” points out Rusynyk.

There are often special events at the ski hill on the weekends such as musical performances.

Individuals can also look forward to a freestyle competition at Castle Mountain taking place the beginning of February.

“People can come out and have a great time watching the competitors do moguls on the Saturday and get some big air on Sunday,” says Rusynyk.

More information about Castle Mountain’s events and conditions can be found online at:

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