The Summer scorches on, the sun beats down day after day..local temps have been relatively normal (that means hot, mean temps from late June thru August around 21-22ºC, many days maxing at 28-30ºC) but it has been extremely dry. A few dry storms, hardly a decent rain-shower all Summer..so apart from the odd couple of days where temps have dropped slightly there has been little respite from the sun, and the sensation is that of months of consistent heat. And even if local temps are normal, we all know that AGW marches on. So forgive me for wallowing in a little Winter nostalgia.
The above photo is probably among the best, if not the best, that i took this last Winter..and certainly the best that i have not published. It had snowed heavily from the previous evening and there was well over a foot of fresh that morning. The weather was very closed in earlier but it began to open up as the day wore on. It seemed like a perfect moment – with perfect snow – as we ascended..mid-morning. As so often though, all was not as it seemed. Temps were high and the snow went transfo quickly, even on North-facing slopes. By midday it was poudre lourde/heavy pow and, while still good to ski, not quite the dream that the morning had promised.
And it was the 22nd of March..officially Spring!