Redearth Creek and Shadow Lake

by Bob Truman on February 27, 2015

in Banff, Redearth creek

This couple were on their way to Shadow Lake Lodge for the weekend

This couple were on their way to Shadow Lake Lodge for the weekend

The Redearth creek trail has not had a lot of snowfall this season. As with most trails, it’s had the meltdowns, rain, and a few freeze-thaw cycles. Same old story.

Redearth Creek  at 3.2K had good snow coverage and nice tracks

Redearth Creek at 3.2K had good snow coverage and nice tracks

Luckily I found 2-3 cm of new snow on the trail which created quite nice conditions, even at the start. The first couple Km have been quite marginal for the past month, and without the new snow, I would have been walking the steep hills at the beginning. You can still feel the ice crunching with every pole plant. I could tell from the boot prints that some of today’s skiers walked up for the first 3K.

Mark, Tanya and Noah were at 8K on Redearth Creek

Mark, Tanya and Noah were at 8K on Redearth Creek

You gain about 80 metres in the first kilometre, so it’s a good feeling to get that one behind you. Not only that, but at exactly 1K, a good set of tracks appeared on one side of the trail. The tracks haven’t been set for a while, but they’re still well-defined for most of the trail from 1K to 10K.

Redearth Creek at 9.5K

Redearth Creek at 9.5K

I was happy to see the snowman back on the trail at 1.9K. At 3.2K you’ve gained 180 metres of net elevation, and the snow conditions improve considerably. There’s still occasional thin snow, mostly under tree canopies where the tracks get icy, but these can be easily avoided.

Hanneke came out to greet me when I arrived at Shadow Lake Lodge

Hanneke came out to greet me when I arrived at Shadow Lake Lodge

I passed three groups of skiers who were on their way to spend the weekend at Shadow Lake Lodge.

At 10.4K you can continue on to the warden’s cabin which is about 300 metres further on, but today I took the steep uphill and continued on to Shadow Lake. It’s a further 3K, and for the first 300 metres, this is one mighty steep trail and I always walk up. It’s quite icy in spots, so you have to be judicious where you step. As long as you’re careful it can be navigated safely. Don’t be in a hurry.

Shadow Lake (file photo)

Shadow Lake (file photo)

The final 3K is snowmobile packed and not trackset. It’s quite narrow and twists and turns through the forest. There are some small icy spots, but I didn’t find them to be a problem. I was glad to see Tanya, Mark and six-year-old Noah arrive safely at the Lodge while I was inside drinking hot chocolate. I met the the other two groups just as I was leaving the Lodge with a belly full of cookies and cake.

Shadow Lake Lodge

Shadow Lake Lodge

I spent too much time in the Lodge yakking, so I didn’t have time to actually go to the lake. I’ve been there many times before, and I’ve included a photo from a couple years ago. If it’s your first time, you must go to the lake.

According to my GPS, the distance to Shadow Lake Lodge is 13.4K, and the net elevation gain is 420 metres. It took me 136 minutes going up, and 69 minutes returning.

{ 0 comments }

The weekend ahead

February 27, 2015
Thumbnail image for The weekend ahead

-A remote camera image shows a cougar using the Bow Valley Parkway during an overnight closure last spring- It snowed about 1 cm in Canmore last night.

3 comments […Read more]

Lake Louise Loppet snow and trail report

February 26, 2015

This comes from Alasdair Fergusson: Feb 25, 2015 Here is your final snow and trail report before we head to Louise with all our equipment and supplies for the Loppet

0 comments […Read more]

Lake O’Hara fire road

February 25, 2015
Thumbnail image for Lake O’Hara fire road

Lake O’Hara fire road is one of the most scenic trails known to humankind, and today, Ray, Mary, Keith and I had the pleasure of being able to use our waxable skis.

0 comments […Read more]

The showdown at Pocaterra

February 24, 2015

I wonder if anyone reading this blog knows anything about this incident. I was told a tale about the formation of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park(PLPP) which has made me curious about a dispute which I know nothing about. Does anyone

2 comments […Read more]

Three weeks late

February 23, 2015
Thumbnail image for Three weeks late

-The Upper Lake Connector. If Elk Pass parking lot is full, park at the Upper Lake and take this trail- I usually reach 1000K during the first week in February. This winter,

3 comments […Read more]

Lake Louise Loppet update

February 23, 2015
Thumbnail image for Lake Louise Loppet update

With the cancellation of the Cookie race, more skiers than ever are anxious to participate in the LL Loppet on Sunday March 1.  Here’s a report from Alasdair Fergusson:

0 comments […Read more]

The good times have returned

February 22, 2015
Thumbnail image for The good times have returned

-It was nice to see so many skiers enjoying themselves today- When we finished skiing around 3 pm, Boulton Creek parking lot was crowded

5 comments […Read more]

A gift from the heavens

February 21, 2015
Thumbnail image for A gift from the heavens

-Ray, Dan and Elisabeth on Woolley which was trackset last night- This is how I remember February skiing in PLPP. Great tracks, cold snow, waxable skis. Even when

2 comments […Read more]

Winter’s back

February 20, 2015

Update Sat Feb 21 @ 7:15 a.m: Some of the “middle” trails in PLPP were groomed last night. They must have received enough snow to make it possible. Check the Live Grooming Report for details.

0 comments […Read more]

A rare sighting: falling snow!

February 20, 2015
Thumbnail image for A rare sighting: falling snow!

-My back yard this morning. This was bare ground yesterday.- Fri Feb 20 @ 12:50 pm We’ve received about 3 cm of high-density snow

5 comments […Read more]

Hard and Fast

February 19, 2015

On Paul Karchut’s Real Ski Report on CBC this morning, he had a clip from PLPP tracksetter James. “The worst conditions in my 30 years here.” He mentioned they were trucking snow onto Wheeler to cover the bare and icy spots.

0 comments […Read more]

Only for the truly desperate

February 18, 2015
Thumbnail image for Only for the truly desperate

-Nice conditions on Patterson. The challenge lies in getting here.- I could have easily broken my record for going fast today. Trouble is, I probably wouldn’t be here

1 comment […Read more]

You know conditions are bad when…

February 18, 2015

…Your skis would rather go down the snowshoe trail …you use words like “terrifying” and “manageable” to describe trail conditions …You’d rather stay in the city and go shopping …it’s a challenge to stay upright – in the parking lot

7 comments […Read more]

Truth and justice prevail – eventually

February 17, 2015
Thumbnail image for Truth and justice prevail – eventually

  This has nothing to do with skiing, but it has everything to do with blogging, my real estate blog in particular. I can’t ski all year around, so in the summer, I work in

3 comments […Read more]

A Birkie tale of error and repentance

February 17, 2015

I’d like to thank everyone who gave reports about this year’s Birkie. As someone who has participated in the event a half-dozen times, I can relate. This amazing occurrence

3 comments […Read more]

Beautiful skiing in Lake Louise

February 15, 2015
Thumbnail image for Beautiful skiing in Lake Louise

In the photo above: Fiona in the one piece purple snow suit. Charlotte in the purple jacket and patterned pants. Juliette in the dark purple with pink gloves outfit with rainbow

1 comment […Read more]

One killed in Black Prince avalanche

February 14, 2015

“A man in his 30’s was killed as a result of trauma that happened going through the trees. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

3 comments […Read more]

A faint glimmer of hope

February 13, 2015
Thumbnail image for A faint glimmer of hope

Update Sat Feb 14 @8:45 am: Last night, grooming occurred on the man-made snow at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Also on PLPP trails

0 comments […Read more]

Emerald Lake and Yoho

February 12, 2015
Thumbnail image for Emerald Lake and Yoho

Without fail, we’ve always had cold snow and favourable conditions for our annual trip to Emerald Lake Lodge and the surrounding ski trails,

1 comment […Read more]