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Nelson Turns 4 Years ago  
A group of 15 ACCers headed to Nelson for 4 days of turns, touring and sore legs.

The drive from Calgary to Nelson is about 8 hours with stops and winter roads. The drive was broken up by staying in Cranbrook Friday night in a surprisingly nice and cheap hotel (Elizabeth Lake Lodge). The inn keeper lamented that everyone only stays the night on their way to somewhere else. I'm glad I didn't tell her I'd be willing to sleep in a dog house if the skiing was good enough.

We all skied in Kooenay Pass the first day to get our legs. There was ~30 cm on a very old, very hard, very thick crust. Whumphing was wide spread, but the sliding surface was poor. The facets above the crust were an easy fail in the column test, but didn't move after it failed. We skied generally conservative terrain in the trees and only 0.5 avalanches/sluffs out of very steep terrain were observed over the entire trip. Turns out that there was very little evidence of avalanches anywhere although the avalanche rating was pretty elevated the entire time. The White Water bombing crew couldn't get much to slide either, and they had explosives.

We stayed at the Dancing Bear, which gets many stars as a hostel. If you can, try and book the private rooms upstairs as they are generally quieter. The kitchen is really nice, but the parking is limited. It was really nice to fully dry out each night.

It snowed 10-15 cm each night, which made for some great skiing. The trail breaking was hard, but we had lots of skis to help stomp. We skied Rossland range just north of Red Mountain, White Queen(ish) at White Water and Lightning Strike at Kootenay Pass on the last day. The powder was pretty awesome with Monday having some of the best snow and terrain I have ever skied. Turns out that it was Patrick's birthday, what a present!

Zero mountaineering objectives were attempted due to the avi. Yet another club trip supporting the changing of the clubs name to the "Sub-alpine Club of Canada".

GPS tracks available upon request.
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Re:Nelson Turns 4 Years ago  
Whoa! Sounds fantastic, Matt!
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