Slush Cup closes out Hemlock season

Staff fills trench 'jump' with water for the bravest skiers and boarders

Hemlock Resort held the annual Slush Cup over the weekend to end the ski season.

Marty McKinney

For the Observer

All in all it’s been a terrific winter season of sliding at Hemlock Valley.

The snow has been deep and the temperatures cool to make for some awesome powder and groomed run skiing.

The two previous weekends were the best one could ask for in spring skiing, with sunshine and blue skies. But that all changed coming up to the last weekend of operations for the ski hill.

I am sure you all noticed the heavy rain on Thursday and Friday last week and it continued on into Saturday morning when some strange environmental conditions rolled in and the rain at Hemlock turned to snow.

Thermometers around the valley were showing temperatures ranging from 0C to almost 5C but the snow just continued to fall.

A number of skiers pulled out the powder skis and headed for Baby Bowl as they heard the snow had been falling there for quite some time and if they hurried they could make first tracks in the fresh snow.

There were some short periods of rain but nothing that affected the ski runs.

By Sunday morning there was close to 10 cm of fresh snow on the ground and it was still falling heavily.

Not many came out to brave the snowy conditions as I assume those in the valley were sure it would be raining at Hemlock but they were wrong. A measurement of the new snow at 3 p.m. Sunday showed 15 cm had fallen and it was still coming down.

To close out the day, and unfortunately the skiing season, Hemlock Resort hosted the annual Slush Cup, digging a trench in the snow and filling it with water.

Competitors ski down a run, try to make it all the way across the water to safety on the other side, while showing off their style and skiing/boarding abilities.

To me, the distance across the trench looked way too long for anyone to make the distance and keep dry, but I am from an era of long, narrow skis — not these snow boards attached to each foot that the riders use these days.

Many of the competitors made the journey the full length of the trench, stayed dry and then decided to try it again. Many others were not so lucky or talented.

Now remember the trench was long and the water in the trench would be somewhere in the neighborhood of zero celsius, or just slightly above freezing, so why would anyone who had just survived a trip over the freezing water decide to return to the start line and try it again?

Competitors turned out in costumes or lack of something to keep them warm but they all seemed to be having a great time.

Now the waiting starts, only eight months until the start of ski season.

Just Posted

Chilliwack’s pediatric observation unit gets financial shot from trades workers

Unions and contractors donate more than $30,000 to Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation

Two week lock down lifted for Kent Institution

A search at the prison found nearly 26 grams of hashish and a cellphone

Missing woman last seen downtown Chilliwack in late April

Family concerned for Rebecca Lynne Sackley’s well-being

Chilliwack prolific offender arrested after four months on the lam

B.C.-wide warrant issued for David Allen Geoghegan in January

Harrison Hot Springs to partner with Sts’ailes for reconciliation event

The event will be funded by a grant meant to build dialogue between cities and local First Nations

VIDEO: Quadriplegic man takes flight over Harrison Mills

Jim Ryan hasn’t moved his arms or legs for three years, but that didn’t stop him from paragliding

VIDEO: TransLink to roll out battery-powered bus pilot this summer

Four buses will run a 2.5 year pilot along Marine Drive

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Man in B.C. charged with murder and arson in 2016 New Brunswick death

He is charged in the death of 71-year-old Lucille Maltais, who was found inside a burned down home

Public warned after man exposes himself to girl, 13, in North Vancouver

RCMP say incident may be linked to others that happened last year

Improve your life and theirs, adopt a cat from the BC SPCA

The BC SPCA holds an adult cat adoption promotion

RCMP target speeders between Abbotsford and Surrey in month-long blitz

Officers throughout the province launch Swoop campaign

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Most Read