Nice conditions on Upper Pocaterra

Nice conditions on Upper Pocaterra

8 – 10 cm of new snow had accumulated on Tyrwhitt and it was still coming down. Later, when I skied down Pocaterra, the sky was blue and there was only a skiff of snow on last night’s tracksetting.

It started snowing when I met Andrea and Bob at the top of the steep part of Whiskey Jack

It started snowing when I met Andrea and Bob at the top of the steep part of Whiskey Jack. Check the trip reports to see their grouse photo.

Air temperature was +1°C at an almost-full Boulton Creek parking lot around 12:30 pm. Snow temperature was -1. Looked like another challenging wax day.

It was snowing moderately when I met Diane and Barry G at the Whiskey Jack - Pocaterra junction. Barry G posts occasional trip reports on this blog.

It was snowing moderately when I met Diane and Barry G at the Whiskey Jack – Pocaterra junction. Barry G posts occasional trip reports on this blog.

I started up the new tracksetting on Whiskey Jack on VR48( a mixture of Vr45 and VR50). It looked as if it had snowed a little as there was a bit of skied-in snow in the tracks. I was slipping but persevered. When I reached the top of the steep part, it started snowing and the new snow snow gave me plenty of grip.

The falling snow got heavier as I skied south on Tyrwhitt. My intention was to go as far as the picnic table, turn around and return to Pocaterra and go down Packers.

The snow was really coming down on Tyrwhitt

The snow was really coming down on Tyrwhitt

At the high point on Tyrwhitt, I had to re-wax because the new snow was creating icing problems. I re-waxed with Vr40(-4/-12) and it did the job. It was slow going in the deep fresh snow, and the usual spectacular views were hidden from sight, so I only went a short distance through the Tyrwhitt meadows and turned around.

Herb and his group were in dire need of a scraper on Tyrwhitt. Herb won the Elk Pass contest back in December.

Herb(2nd from left) and his group were in dire need of a scraper on Tyrwhitt. Herb won the Elk Pass contest back in December.

I ran into Herb and his group with high heels on their skis. I lent them my scraper so I hope they managed to complete the loop without too much sticking.

As I returned to the Whiskey Jack – Pocaterra junction, the sky was turning blue and the snow had stopped. The tracks had fresh snow in them, so the descent to Packers junction wasn’t quite as fast as I would have liked.

When I returned to Pocaterra, the sky was clearing and the snow had stopped.

When I returned to Pocaterra, the sky was clearing and the snow had stopped.

I had not skied on Packers yet this season, so now was the time with the fresh grooming. The tracks were faster than Pocaterra but still not as fast as I thought they should be. The steep hill was easy and safe with some loose snow. The ice flow barely registered. It is mostly covered with snow but you can tell it’s underneath.

Packers was in great shape. The steep hill was easy to descend.

Packers was in great shape. The steep hill was easy to descend. The ice flow is not problematic.

Pocaterra parking lot looked almost full when I drove past. I still haven’t skied the 4K section of trail between the hut and Lynx this winter but it’s on my agenda.

The forecast is predicting a heavy snowfall midweek. It looks more like an upslope system, so West Bragg Creek, Ribbon Creek, and Canmore should receive significant amounts of snow. It’s coming at the perfect time to create good conditions for the Cookie Race on Saturday with new snow and blue-wax temperatures.

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Thanks!

February 18, 2017

I didn’t ski today but I see lots of readers were out there. I will take this opportunity to thank everyone for their trip reports. These first-hand accounts really help everyone decide where to go tomorrow. I remember the old days when

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Lake O’Hara fire road

February 17, 2017
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Considering how warm it’s been, this was a good day of skiing. The snow was cold enough for wax on Lake O’Hara fire road.

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Avoid West Bragg Creek ’til further notice

February 16, 2017

Update Fri Feb 17 @ 9:45 a.m: South end trails in PLPP were groomed last night. Lake O’Hara fire road was groomed yesterday. This is from Groomer Jeff at West Bragg Creek:

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The last of the cold snow

February 15, 2017
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-Chip and Peter at the end of Moraine Lake road- It’s possible that Chip, Peter, and I picked the only trail with cold snow today. We had good grip all the way to the end of Moraine Lake road with VR45(-2/-8).

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A love affair which started 20 years ago

February 14, 2017

Today, I returned to the scene where I skied for the first time in my life and retraced the steps which helped me fall in love with this activity 20 years ago. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was a life-changing event when I skied a 6K loop

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Surprisingly cold snow

February 13, 2017
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I took Tessa for a leisurely ski on Evan-Thomas and Wedge Connector this afternoon. With the temperature at +6°C, I used my fish-scale waxless skis, but probably could have used waxable.

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Delightful day at Pipestone with kids and dogs

February 12, 2017
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It’s very satisfying and enjoyable to see mom and dad taking their three kids out skiing for the first time. Jayda the dog got to enjoy the family outing, too.

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Screaming fun on the Ribbon Creek trails

February 11, 2017
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-Gordon, Ken, Rory, and Larry at the top of the Screamer- These trails are so enjoyable when the snow is plentiful, cold, and groomed, as it is now.

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Backcountry lodges tracksetting notifications

February 10, 2017
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Before I get started on my update, I wanted to let everyone know that we probably won’t get timely updates on three specific trails for the rest of the winter.

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The aftermath

February 10, 2017

Friday Feb 10 @ 8:20 a.m: I ended up with 8 cm of new snow. That makes a total of 32 cm in Canmore over the past week. I see conflicting temperatures from the various weather stations. My thermometer reads -2°C, but the Canmore Nordic Centre shows +3 and the

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Thursday morning update

February 9, 2017

The entire network of trails at Ribbon Creek has been groomed. The ice flow on Lower Skogan(below Ruthie’s) has been covered with 20 cm of snow, but there is also an ice flow right at the trailhead as you head out of the Ribbon Creek parking lot. I took a picture of it yesterday. It […]

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Great conditions on Bill Milne and Wedge

February 8, 2017
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Today was probably the perfect day to ski. Snow is still cold, but the air temperature was pleasant, with sunny skies and no wind. The conditions on Bill Milne and Wedge Connector are as good as I’ve ever seen them.

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Rare photos

February 8, 2017

I don’t believe I’ve ever posted a photo of Maple Ridge golf course before, so thanks to Rhonda W for sending it. This is her report: “Skied the Maple Ridge Golf Course today. Absolutely beautiful and I was happily surprised by how big the loop around the outside is. I skied for just over an […]

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Good clean fun

February 7, 2017
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What are the chances of skiing for two hours on natural snow at the Canmore Nordic Centre and not seeing one piece of tree debris? I can tell you, your chances are 100%.

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Lynx sighting in Chickadee Valley

February 7, 2017

Hello Bob, We have been following your website for a couple of years now. Between your blog and Chic Scott’s book, “Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies”, we have explored many beautiful places on our light touring skis. With the fresh snowfall we decided to head up Chickadee Valley for our first time. The snow […]

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Grooming updates

February 6, 2017
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–Wedge Connector as it was being groomed and trackset today. Photo by tracksetter Jeff.- If you checked the Ribbon Creek Live Grooming Report today, you would have been able to follow Tracksetter Jeff

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Snowmageddon!

February 5, 2017

Mon Feb 6 @ 8 a.m: Lots of new snow overnight. Accumulation on my deck is up to 21 cm. Some grooming in PLPP last night. Kananaskis Village/Ribbon Creek trails were groomed late yesterday. Grooming ongoing at Canmore Nordic Centre. Check the Live Grooming Reports.

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11 cm and counting

February 5, 2017

Canmore, Sun Feb 5 @8:15 a.m: The 11 cm that’s on my deck this morning is probably on the low end of the accumulation amounts in the mountains from this snowfall which started 24 hours ago. Temperature is -18 and it’s windy. According to the forecast, there’s lots more to come.

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West Bragg Creek update

February 4, 2017

This report comes from Groomer Jeff at West Bragg Creek: Hello All, West Bragg Creek has received about 5 cm overnight. The following trails have been Groomed and Track set and are in good condition: East Crystal, Lower and Middle West Crystal and Links, Sundog, Hostel Meadow, and Loggers. Trails in fair condition: Elbow North […]

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