Two good choices for the weekend

by Bob Truman on November 21, 2014

in Canmore, Lake Louise

Canmore and MLR

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 of Centennial and Olympic are up to 2.3K and I wouldn’t be surprised if more was available soon.

Lynn was having good results with her grip wax at Canmore Nordic Centre

Lynn was having good results with her grip wax at Canmore Nordic Centre

I was frightened by the warm weather and decided to use my waxless skis, but I talked with two classic skiers who were using wax with no significant problem. Darcy was using V50(-1/-3) and seemed to be making it up the hills okay. The snow temperature was -2°C and air temp was +1.

After a leisurely lunch and a drive to Lake Louise, I had about one hour to ski on Moraine Lake road. Cheryl dropped me off at the trailhead at 4:15 pm while she went dog-walking near the lake.

The Canmore Nordic Centre was a busy place today

The Canmore Nordic Centre was a busy place today

After yesterday’s trip reports I was anxious to see the conditions for myself. The first thing I noticed was some fresh snow on the trail. Not much, maybe a centimetre at most, but it helped. I was expecting the worst, however, and had come prepared with my rock skis.

About 200 metres from the trailhead, I met Jessica who had been all the way to the end. You can tell by the grin on her face that she enjoyed it, and reported that conditions were fine. As with all reports, the two S-bends are the only real concerns, and any hazards are easy to avoid.

Moraine Lake road at 3.5K was in nice shape

Moraine Lake road at 3.5K was in nice shape

In my opinion, conditions were slightly better than when I skied on MLR on Monday. Poles hit pavement occasionally up to Paradise creek at 2.6K, thereafter it only gets better. I was running out of daylight by 5 pm, but I had made it to 4K and about 150 metres of net elevation gain. Just as I stopped to take a picture and turn around, I heard a loud noise coming from the trees. I didn’t see anything, but it scared the wits out of me. I kept looking back as I quickly put it in road gear for the return trip.

Early-season rates 2014There’s 1-3 cm snow in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow for Lake Louise.

I hope you’re reading the entries on the Mountaineer Lodge contest. I got quite a kick out of Gord Miller’s comment. I remember the day well! If you’re planning an overnighter to Lake Louise, The Mountaineer is offering a special rate for SkiHere readers.

Photos from Canmore Nordic Centre and Moraine Lake road…

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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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Snow at Lake Louise

November 4, 2014
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Tue Nov 4 @ 5 pm: I just received this Twitter update from Banff National Park. Click here to follow me on Twitter

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