I didn’t go skiing today, so I was thrilled to receive this from Cheryl B.
OK, I had to finally put my 2 cents on this. A lot of the time, it seems that conditions are likely a matter of opinion and in the eye of the beholder, so the reports are indeed just a guideline.
The trip reports found here from those who have been there are way more helpful to make an informed decision of where to go if you can’t handle a bit of the ‘less than ideal’. For me, as long as it’s not ‘ice-flow’-like icy, there’s still enough snow to cover the dirt and rocks, and I don’t fall on my face constantly due to wet sticky clumping snow on my wax, personally, I consider the conditions excellent.
Any day I get to ski is a good day, and I am extremely appreciative of the chance to do so without paying daily fees for it (like they have to do in BC and many other groomed trails):)
I can cut the Parks people some slack on their website reports – they probably need to be very conservative in their descriptions since there can be such a vast range of opinions on what can be considered ‘Excellent’, and sometimes people feel the need to lay blame somewhere when they don’t have a good time in the parks (I’m certain the staff could tell some unbelievable stories about complaints they’ve fielded over the years).
Sometimes, you just have to take the risk and hope for the best. The way I see it, a day out in our mountains is never wasted, and I thank the Parks staff for doing what they do with so little (remember, their budgets are certainly not huge compared to other government departments).
On that note, I wish you all happy skiing! (with emphasis on the ‘Happy’ part – we are very lucky to have access to these amazing places).”