It’s snowing on Moraine Lake road!

by Bob Truman on November 24, 2014

in Contest, Lake Louise

Marlene is ecstatic over the fresh snow

Marlene is ecstatic over the fresh snow

Update Tues Nov 25 @ 11:05 a.m.: Check the Groomer’s Reports page for the latest news.

I have lots to talk about from an eventful day on my cross-country skis, so let’s start with the biggest news of all: More snow has arrived!

Fresh snow on Moraine Lake road

Fresh snow on Moraine Lake road

We’ve waited a long time for the second round of snow on Moraine Lake road, but it was there today, and it was filling in a lot of the gaps in the trail. I started skiing just as the snow was beginning to fall, soon after 1 pm.

Today’s snow was cold and dry, so no high-heels on our skis. I waxed with VR45 on one ski, and my secret wax for fresh snow on the other ski, and both performed perfectly well for the rest of the day.

On a clear day you would see Mount Temple in the background of this photo

On a clear day you would see Mount Temple in the background of this photo

About half-way along(4.5K), there was enough fresh snow in the tracks to slow you down a bit, but who’s complaining. There was much better snow cover and a good track through both of the S-bends.

Jane and Marlene, the two cheerful skiers on the header of this blog, were on the trail today. I didn’t recognize Jane, and she escaped the paparazzi this time.

Moraine Lake road

Dave and Marlene block the trail and are laughing about it!!(Just kidding, but I couldn’t resist)

Just as I had clicked into my skis, a Parks Canada truck drove up with two of the tracksetting crew who had come to inspect the conditions. I talked with Andrew and Jeff for about 10 minutes and it sounds like they are prepared to deal with all this new snow which is in the forecast.

Helen Read draws the lucky winner's name.  Farley Klotz is the winner of two free nights at Mountaineer Lodge in Lake Louise.

Helen Read draws the lucky winner’s name. Farley Klotz is the winner of two free nights at Mountaineer Lodge in Lake Louise.

We have a winner

Normally, this would be the big news, but new snow trumped all else.

I had the entries for the Mountaineer Lodge contest with me, and when I ran into Helen Read about 5K up the trail, she volunteered to make the draw. I am happy to announce the winner is Farley Klotz.

When I emailed Farley to give him the good news, I also asked if I could use his full name. He replied with, ” This is most excellent news!  Of course you can use my full name so that everyone can be envious!”

We have two more contests coming up in the near future where you will get another chance to be the envy of your friends.

Mountaineer Lodge Helen picked Farley’s name from 166 entries. The comments/entries were delightful to read and I wish I could give the prize to everyone. Thanks to all who entered, and thanks to Mountaineer Lodge for the prize. If you didn’t win, you can still stay at the Mountaineer Lodge and get 20% off, a special rate for all SkiHere readers. Conditions should be fabulous this weekend at Lake Louise, and hopefully some other trails will be trackset.

When I got back to the trailhead it was still snowing lightly, but within five minutes of leaving Lake Louise, the snow had stopped. There was a skiff of snow around Castle junction but Lake Louise is where it was happening today.

Is Canmore Nordic Centre in your plans for this weekend?

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With all this snow in the forecast, hopefully some new trails will be skiable this weekend. We’ll need them. There are two events on at the Canmore Nordic Centre so it will be busy there. CNC has trails open and available for recreational skiers at all times but parking can be a problem when special events are on. You can check for CNC updates on the Canmore Nordic Centre page

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West Bragg Creek

November 24, 2014

Report from Alf Skrastins: I was at West Bragg Creek Sunday. I counted 94 vehicles in the parking lot. There were people on the trails mountain biking, dog walking, hiking, trail running, snowshoeing, and XC skiing.

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Where’s the snow?

November 22, 2014
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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

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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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