Snow Zone

Fall Lines: Mar 10, 2016

Boot Top Powder at Marmot Basin // Bob Covey
Boot Top Powder at Marmot Basin // Bob Covey

Spring into your Snow Zone

Although we’ve been basking in seasonably warm weather here in Edmonton, Rocky Mountain temperatures have been somewhat cooler, preserving a snow pack required to last at least another two months. Not only has it been cooler in the mountains, but snowfall has been continuous. During the past seven weeks, Marmot Basin has had 23 snow days totalling 87 cm. Typically March is a good month for Alberta resorts, so hopefully this trend will continue by providing a snowfall that will give us a few more powder days. If not, we’ll have to settle for sunny skies, on-hill barbecues and a few beers, which isn’t bad either. If lots of snow is what you’re after, you’ll have to head up to Alyeska, Alaska. Last week alone over 120 cm of the white stuff blanketed its slopes, building the upper snowpack to over 500 cm. Closer to home, Sun Peaks, near Kamloops, has had some good days recently with over 40 cm in two days, while at Sunshine Village’s recent snowfalls have allowed workers to open almost the entire resort, with 136 of 137 runs ready to go.

Support the fight against autoimmune disease and more

Last weekend, Sunshine Village was giving away free King Donairs to participants and spectators at its rail jam. Another jam will be held this weekend, though we can’t promise there will be donairs this time around. A Solomon Jam is scheduled up high in the Great Divide Park, where participants will be able to lay it down in both BC and Alberta on the same run.

Red Bull Nordix is debuting at Lake Louise on March 12 and 13. This event really stretches the limits of cross-country skiing with a likeness to SkierX competitions. After time trials on Saturday, participants will compete in groups of four, with the top two advancing until a winner is declared. A special ski-cross track has been carved out just for this competition. If you have what it takes to be the next male or female Red Bull Nordix champion, then all you need is $20 to get in.

Marmot Basin has a full slate of events scheduled for March 19 weekend, with Jasper Pride happening on Saturday. Costumes, a fun run, DJ dance party and a barbecue are all on tap up at the mid-mountain chalet. On Sunday, swap your costumes for PJs and head back up to support the fight against autoimmune disease. Organizers are hoping to challenge the world record for largest group ski, which currently sits at 300. V

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