Day 18 Fri Feb 8. Fernie – Missoula MT 2200m vertical (47200 total)

Not quite a powder day but you take what you’re given.  Had gone out for a walk last night just before going to bed to watch the snow falling.  Not a lot at village level but calling 8cm up top and snowed lightly all morning.  Was at Timber Bowl a little after opening and right from the get go much nicer than yesterday.  Nice soft turns from the top and even better off White Pass – just about perfect groomers and some nice soft stuff here and there to try.  Gave Currie Powder another try but again a bit thin and the lower half of the mountain very much dust on crust.

After early elevenses made my way across to Cedar Bowl – easily the high point of the morning.  Although lower than White Pass and no higher than Currie Bowl it just seems to attract the snow.  Lots of buried bumps but it was skiing boot deep or better in here so it just didn’t matter – great stuff.  With a substantial drive in poor conditions facing me I knew I would only have time for one run here so made the most of it.  Finished with a lovely run back along Cedar Trail albeit with a couple of flat spots in todays fresh.

A calm drive along the Elk Valley – even saw a couple of longhorn sheep trying to graze a ludicrously steep slope just above the road.  But on turning to the south to head for the border hit ferocious wind which continued for the rest of the day.  Only about a 5 minute wait at the crossing then on to Whitefish where, with the early departure from Fernie I found the unexpected bonus of scones still being available! Rejigged accommodation over coffee then back out to negotiate the Whitefish streets which had their typical level of storm snow clearing – that is basically none. 

Snowing and blowing hard through Kalispell and further south but then finally cleared up south of Polson.  Even though I had to do the last descent into Missoula in the dark it was thankfully far easier than on some previous occasions.  Had to go without my nightly fix of CNN as I had a ‘smart’ tv that didn’t have regular channels but instead let you log into any of your subscription streaming services.  Sign o’ the times?

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