Great skiing on Moraine Lake Road

by Bob Truman on February 9, 2016

in Lake Louise

Moraine Lake road at Lake Louise

Moraine Lake road at Lake Louise

We have Mary’s encouraging report on the Great Divide, Anna’s report of excellent conditions on Pipestone and this one will cover Moraine Lake road, Fairview, Tramline, and the Bow River loop. We have Lake Louise covered. It was a good place for skiing today.

Moraine Lake road at 2.5K

Moraine Lake road at 2.5K

Chris Thomas’ also had a positive report on Emerald Lake and Yoho. I hope someone went to Elk pass today and will give us a report. I see it was trackset last night.

I should also mention that on the way out, I stopped at Castle Lookout to see how the snow was surviving the heat wave. Very well, I’m pleased to report. It looked good in both directions with good tracks and “purple wax”  snow. The Banff trail report indicates that Castle Lookout to Baker Creek was trackset today. Castle Lookout to Castle Junction was trackset two days ago and the tracks looked good.

June and Phil at 6k on Moraine Lake road

June and Phil at 6k on Moraine Lake road

The air temperature at MLR trailhead at 1:30 pm was +2°C and the snow was still very nice at -3. I used VR50(0/-4) and had good grip 99.9% of the time. The only place where the snow was wet was at the very end of the MLR tracksetting(the viewpoint) where it had prolonged exposure to the sun.

The first time this winter where the sky has been clear at the end of the tracksetting and I could see all 10 peaks

The first time this winter where the sky has been clear at the end of the tracksetting and I could see all 10 peaks

The Banff trail report indicates that MLR was trackset four days ago, but it appeared to be fresher than that. The condition of the snow did not deteriorate at all today, so tomorrow should still offer good skiing.

Fairview was in excellent condition

Fairview was in excellent condition

Fairview was in excellent condition with the exception of occasional tree debris which was of no consequence.

I hadn’t gone 20 metres on MLR when the Parks Canada groomers crossed the trail right in front of me, tracksetting Tramline. Two hours later I came down Tramline, all the way to the train station. Nice cold snow, excellent tracks, but the tree bombs were already making an appearance and depositing a lot of pine needles on the trail. It wasn’t wind that was causing the mess.

Tramline

Tramline

Tessa skied on the Bow River loop and the Campground loop and reports excellent tracks with the occasional sunny spot where it was difficult to get grip.

With all the early snow in Kananaskis and Banff this winter, I didn’t make as many trips as usual to Lake Louise in November. I guess I’m making up for it now.

Lake O'Hara tracksetting 2016

Lake O’Hara fire road will be trackset on Thursday mornings

Temperatures on the trip home were similar to Ray’s although mine were observed a lot later in the day. Lake Louise at 4:30 pm was zero, Banff was +6 and Canmore at 5:30 pm was still +8.

There’s a bit of snow in the forecast for Saturday and cooler temperatures.

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Upper Bankhead and Cascade Valley

February 7, 2016
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With the warm temperatures coming this week, I decided to forego the new tracksetting in PLPP and take advantage

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One last day of cool weather

February 6, 2016

The Banff trail report indicates that Cascade valley to the 6K bridge was trackset today along with Upper Bankhead. Should be in nice shape for tomorrow(Sunday). I’m sure someone will check the trail beyond the 6K bridge

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Desperately hoping for 3 cm

February 5, 2016

Things are getting dicey when I’m praying that we get the 3 cm which are in the Snow Forecast, but I don’t think we’ve reached the point yet where I’m ready to post, as I did last year,  You know conditions are bad when…. 

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Redearth creek to Shadow Lake Lodge

February 4, 2016
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Thanks for all the Trip Reports. It sounds like the wind has caused debris problems on some trails, but I had a wonderful day on Redearth creek.

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Mount Shark

February 3, 2016
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I finished skiing in PLPP very early yesterday, so I stopped at Mt Shark on my way back to Canmore and skied Watridge Lake road to the end of the tracksetting

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World Cup Biathlon starts tomorrow in Canmore

February 3, 2016

The most important thing to know is that all races are FREE to attend – just bring your best cheering voices. Let’s show the world how Canada supports our best biathletes! The first

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Be-e-e-e-u-u-u-tiful conditions in PLPP

February 2, 2016
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Chip, Ray and Peter cajoled me into getting an early start, and we were on Whiskey jack by 10:15 a.m.

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West Bragg Creek: Being loved to death?

February 2, 2016

Read more from CBC: West Bragg Creek ski trails: No longer a hidden gem, but a mecca for winter sports. 

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Snowshoers would use the snowshoe trail if we started skiing on it

February 1, 2016

Snowshoers have their own dedicated trail to the top of Elk pass, yet they choose to use the ski trail, which lessens the enjoyment and can even create

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Farm truck or sleek race car?

January 31, 2016
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-Redearth creek at 6K- My being raised on a farm means you will be subjected to analogies that only a farmer would invoke, sorry.

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And the best option was…

January 30, 2016
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I’ll vote for the south/middle trails in PLPP, but it sounds like Lake Louise and Pipestone would be in the running. I had a 27K day with excellent conditions

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The best options for weekend skiing

January 29, 2016

Thanks for the Trip Reports today. They’re more important than ever right now. The recent warm weather, combined with rain and wind

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Snowing at Pipestone

January 28, 2016
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I headed west hoping to find cooler temperatures. It rained almost all the way to Lake Louise, and is still raining in Canmore and Banff at 6 pm. It was 0°C

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Thursday morning update

January 28, 2016

In keeping with the “Quick and Easy” theme of the Wild Texan BBQ contest, I’ve already picked the name of the winner and it is …Alf Skrastins! We received 50 entries before the 50 hours

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West Bragg Creek Jan 27 a.m. grooming report

January 27, 2016

Update from tracksetter Jeff H: All skate lanes were renovated this morning and the odd classic lane was redone.

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Blueberry Hill and Elk Pass

January 26, 2016
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As we were skiing along Elk pass, Georgina pointed out a feature which I had never noticed before: the hugging tree. I’ve posted the photo.

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Tuesday morning update and contest

January 26, 2016

Thank you to Ken Sidney for sending the above picture. A contest for everyone who skis at West Bragg Creek   I’ve just posted a quick and easy contest for West Bragg  Creek skiers.

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A rare opportunity

January 24, 2016
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-Wonderful conditions between Castle Junction and Johnston Canyon- This is your chance to ski the Lake Louise to Banff Loppet trails while they’re in top-notch condition,

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Nothing can stop our fearless tracksetters

January 23, 2016

Saturday 8:00 a.m: Check the Trip Reports for the latest news from skiers who were out on the (wet) snow yesterday.

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