Friday night update

by Bob Truman on December 15, 2017

in Lake Louise, Yoho

Sandra and Keith on Fairview.

Jessica had just finished skiing to the end of Moraine Lake road and back when I met her at the MLR trailhead as I was starting out around 12:45 pm. She said they received about 8 cm of snow at her place in Field overnight, so I was hopeful we’d see some grooming activity in Yoho. 

Enjoying the downhill fun on Moraine Lake road

This is the Yoho/Kicking Horse Ski Club update which was posted today:

“Finally–a break in the high pressure!!  Joe is setting a track at Emerald Lake as I write.  Then he’s moving the equipment to TAK. Falls to work on that one. Should be a good weekend!!!  Enjoy!”

Moraine Lake road

TAK is short for Takkakaw and it also goes by the name of Yoho Valley road. It’s a great trail when conditions are good and it’s dog-friendly.

The trail grooming in Yoho and Emerald Lake is all done by the Kicking Horse Ski Club  and they could use your support if you enjoy skiing there. A $40 club membership entitles you to preferred rates at Emerald Lake Lodge. 

Annette, Brian and Bonnie on Moraine Lake road

It snowed a bit on the way to Lake Louise between Bourgeau and Taylor. The Redearth Creek area seemed to be getting the most, but that was probably only 2-3 cm. Skies were clear upon arriving in Lake Louise and the temperature was -6°C. The snow temperature was also -6, and VR45(-2/-8) worked well all day. 

Dan and Sam on Moraine Lake road. It was Sam’s first time on cross country skis.

MLR had been groomed and trackset earlier in the day and I heard the Great Divide was also being trackset this afternoon. It was a beautiful day and I met many skiers on the trail as you’ll see in the photos. The tracks aren’t as fast as they were a few days ago but I still hit 48 KmH while descending the big hill on very safe conditions.


There was a skiff of fresh snow on Fairview which helped cover the remaining tree debris and it was in excellent shape. I skied Fairview south to north and it was in excellent shape. I didn’t have to do the 200-metre down track which spits you out onto MLR but other skiers said it’s still a bit bumpy and very fast. When you see the “down track” sign, hold on and pray. 

Caroline, Benny, and Cheryl on Moraine Lake road

I met two people walking on Fairview. I stopped and asked where they were going. “We’re just doing the loop.” I asked if they saw the No Walking sign at the trailhead. “Oh, we’re not walking in the tracks!” I shrugged and skied away. 

Tramline to the train station was excellent with new tracksetting. 

Some grooming was completed in PLPP today. Check the Live Grooming Report for details. 

I met skiers from Golden, BC who said they had received some new snow and the trails at Dawn Mountain were in good shape. Read the comment from Jeff Dolinsky for more details.


It’s been a while…

December 15, 2017

Finally we are seeing some snow in the forecast. Small amounts are predicted for today, but the “long ranger” shows much more for next week. The Ventusky interactive map predicts 32 cm in Yoho by Wednesday.  It’s not just Yoho

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Canmore Nordic Centre

December 14, 2017

Banff trail is now trackset for 1.1K at the Canmore Nordic Centre. I skied late this afternoon after the IPC World Cup races were over.  The race course had some interesting grooming configurations including one track

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Dog-friendly Bow River loop

December 13, 2017
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With Tessa getting on in years, it’s an extra special day whenever she can join me on the ski trail. We stretched a 5K ski trip into an hour-and-a-quarter, so it was a

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A drive-by shooting

December 13, 2017

If you can’t stand the heat, it would be best if you didn’t post your opinion in public. It’s cowardly to post an opinion piece and not allow others to voice their opinion. Especially when you describe yourself as “wildly opinionated.”

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Lake Louise

December 12, 2017
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Considering there’s been no new snow or tracksetting for 10 days, conditions are holding up well at Lake Louise.  The one thing which has changed since I was there

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Monday update: Yoho, Canmore, and owls

December 11, 2017
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The Kicking Horse Ski Club is making some headway with the trails in Yoho. This update was sent today by Marilyn:

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This is what snow looks like

December 10, 2017

We haven’t had a flake of snow in the past week, and it appears from the forecast the dry spell will continue for another week. I’m posting a few of the recent photos which have been submitted to the Emerald Lake Lodge contest to remind

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Nice to see the kids on skis

December 9, 2017
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It never bothers me to get out of the tracks and go around when I  see parents teaching their very young kids to ski. Quite often I’ll stop and say something encouraging

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Mysteries in the snow

December 9, 2017

While adventuring off-track in the Elk Pass area, MaSid came across this fascinating imprint in the snow. His theory is that it was made by an owl while swooping down to catch a rabbit or other unfortunate creature.

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A Blueberry best day

December 8, 2017
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For skiers willing to brave the first 1.3K of nasty, cold wind on Elk Pass, you were rewarded with new tracksetting and fantastic conditions on Elk Pass and Blueberry

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Thursday update incl Canmore Nordic Centre

December 7, 2017

Today’s Calgary Herald has a good article for beginner cross country skiers: All ages and abilities can find their glide with cross country skiing

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Magic carpet ride

December 6, 2017
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Today’s snow would qualify as “Steppenwolf” quality.  Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced tracks so fast on Elk Pass. Even coming back on Tyrwhitt,

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Canmore Nordic Centre

December 5, 2017
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I was happy to read this trip report from Bev: “This afternoon Canmore Nordic Centre groomed the section leading out from the lower parking access up Banff trail. This section had snow guns

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Emerald Lake Lodge contest starts today

December 5, 2017

I’ve posted the “Win 2 free nights at Emerald Lake Lodge” contest. You can enter with a comment, or a photo. The photo can be of anything and anywhere. Likewise the comments,

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Feeling the love on Fairview

December 4, 2017
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I skied 14 wonderful kilometres at Lake Louise today without going near any of the “Big Three”(Moraine Lake road, Great Divide, Pipestone).

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A new tactic

December 4, 2017

Did you read Hugh’s incredible story on Ask A Question, Leave a Comment? Un – freakin’ – believable! Maybe on a single track narrow trail such as Pipestone, but on the Great Divide?  My story won’t top Hugh’s, but it could stop a few

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Sunday at the Temple

December 3, 2017
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This ski trip on Moraine Lake road qualifies as another “best day.” Perfect everything.  When I arrived at the Moraine Lake road

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Good timing at Pipestone

December 2, 2017
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-Andrew went by with the groomer- After enough cajoling from Chuck, or should I say hectoring, I decided to check out the Pipestone trails today, and I’m glad I did.

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Oh Deer!

December 2, 2017

For results of today’s Alberta Cup action, go to Zone 4. Interesting and unusual reports coming in today including Chips and Fish(aka Chip’s Fish Creek Foray), Couch-builder MaSid is back on his skis and doing snow carpentry, and the

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