Where’s the snow?

by Bob Truman on November 22, 2014

in Early season

Weather

We’re getting a little antsy around here. No skiable snow to speak of in Banff, Kananaskis, or Yoho. This is not unusual, of course, but we’re all eagerly anticipating that first ski trip to Elk pass, Redearth creek, and West Bragg(with our dogs)!

Excellent conditions last year(Nov 21, 2013) near Kananaskis Village

Excellent conditions last year(Nov 21, 2013) near Kananaskis Village

Even Lake Louise has the bare minimum. It’s common to have good trackset conditions by now on MLR, Great Divide, and Tramline.

Last year, we were skiing on fabulous trackset conditions on Nov 21 at Kananaskis village.

Nov 16, 2012 Elk Pass was in reasonably good early-season condition.

Nov 15, 2011 Elk pass had packed and skiable snow.

Sue, Catherine, and Ursula about 100 metres from the Elk Pass trailhead

We were skiing on trackset trails Nov 23, 2012 on Elk pass

Nov 20, 2010Elk Pass and Hydroline are trackset. A number of other trails in PLPP have been groomed including Pocaterra.”

Nov 18, 2009 “You can now ski an entire loop on trackset trails from Boulton Creek parking lot. Whiskey Jack, Tyrwhitt, Elk Pass or Hydroline, Fox Creek, Moraine.

The weather forecast is calling for a nice dump of snow starting on Tuesday for most of the mountain areas we are concerned with.

I didn’t ski today, so I’m grateful for the trip reports we’ve received from Tom Jones, Chuck and Gord.

Thanks for all the terrific comments in the Mountaineer Lodge contest. The winner’s name will be drawn shortly.

If you’re planning on skiing at Emerald Lake or Yoho this winter, how about giving the Kicking Horse Ski Club some much-needed financial support by buying a membership in the club? It’s only $40, and it will entitle you to stay at Emerald Lake Lodge for $109/night.

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Two good choices for the weekend

November 21, 2014
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I skied at Canmore Nordic Centre this morning where the skiable distance is up to 5.4K thanks to the partial opening of the Olympic trail. The competition trails

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Steve Riggs wins the Fischer skis

November 21, 2014
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Congratulations to Steve Riggs, the winner of the Fischer skis contest. Many of you will recognize Steve’s name as one of this blog’s trip reporters

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More trails open at CNC

November 20, 2014
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An additional 600 metres of snow was open for skiing this morning at Canmore Nordic Centre on the Centennial trail. That’s one of the competition trails

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All the way from Maine to ski on Canmore’s snow

November 18, 2014
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Despite the lack of snow so far, we have a couple venues where the skiing is pretty good, namely Canmore Nordic Centre and Moraine Lake road.

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The West Bragg “sh** show”

November 18, 2014

The below comment was posted on the Dog-friendly ski trails page. In the interests of full disclosure, I am a dog-lover and I would go skiing at West Bragg just to see all the dogs, but Kelly has a different opinion:

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Seeing is believing

November 17, 2014
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-Donna and Kathy are on the way back with 8K to go.- Dave Allen must be a magician who drives a snowmobile. I don’t know what kind of wizardry

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MLR really was trackset

November 16, 2014
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Tracksetter Jeff from Lake Louise sent me the definitive report, along with the above photo, regarding Moraine Lake road:  “Dave did trackset MLR ( up and down track ). Seems to have turned out ok…” 

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Good-bye Frozen Thunder, hello CNC

November 15, 2014
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The ski area formerly known as Frozen Thunder served its purpose well. Now we’ll put it to rest for another year, and henceforth my updates will refer to Canmore

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Friday night update

November 14, 2014
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-The Great Divide at Lake Louise has better snow cover the further you go. Photo by Chuck O’Callaghan.- Thanks to all the trip reports, we have a good idea where to find

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XC ski conditions at Lake Louise

November 14, 2014
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-The Great Divide is rough but skiable.- Yesterday(Thursday), I checked all the packed trails at Lake Louise. We’re usually

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Shaganappi and Tramline are packed

November 13, 2014
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I received an email this morning from Alasdair regarding Shaganappi conditions.  …and here’s the latest from Jeff at Lake Louise:

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Confederation Golf Course; Great Divide

November 12, 2014
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I’ve updated the link for the Confederation Golf Course Trail Report. Mary Jane tells me “we will post updated grooming reports on our home page and ‘sticky’ them

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A rejuvenated Frozen Thunder

November 11, 2014
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All we needed was some cold weather and new snow to create excellent conditions on Frozen thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre. It was worth shutting it down for one day, because the transformation is remarkable.

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Ski season is here!

November 10, 2014
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-Hannah, Janice and Charlie were on the way back when I met them about 4K along.- (First things first: I know that Calgarians are curious to know the conditions on the golf courses, so here’s a Shaganappi update)

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Good news re: Moraine Lake road

November 10, 2014
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-After packing/rolling today, Moraine Lake road should look something like this.- Tracksetter Jeff at Lake Louise sent me an

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10 – 20 cm would be a nice start

November 9, 2014
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  Update Sun Nov 9 @ 6 pm: We’ve received 7 cm so far in Canmore and the snowfall warning is still in effect for Canmore, Kananaskis, and Banff.

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What to expect for the weekend

November 6, 2014
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Update Fri Nov 7 @ 7:53 pm: Thanks to Lanny for the latest news: “Hi Bob:  Stopped briefly at the moraine lake trail head and Lake Louise on our way

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Our first contest: Win 2 free nights at Mountaineer Lodge

November 5, 2014
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Wouldn’t it be nice to ski at Lake Louise and NOT have to make that long drive back to Calgary? Stay overnight, and ski the next day again?

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Chuck’s report on Moraine Lake Road

November 5, 2014
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True to his word, Chuck skied on Moraine Lake Road today: “Conditions were not bad for the first possible day of the season. Extra Blue wax worked

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