If only it could be like this everyday
I could be accused of being too generous with the superlatives, but I’ve never seen the trails around Kananaskis Village and Ribbon Creek this good. What’s better than excellent? That’s how it was today.
If it was light out right now, I’d still be skiing. New tracks, cold snow, everything was perfect.
My original plan was to ski at PLPP when I heard they had a temperature of -1 while it was -18 here in Canmore, but I stopped at Ribbon Creek on the way and got sidetracked when I saw the new grooming.
Although the thermometer said -12, it sure didn’t seem that cold, and when you reached the higher elevations, it was probably closer to -2.
When skiing these trails, I generally start on Ribbon Creek, but for some variety I started up the hill on Terrace. My skis still had the Cookie Race wax and it was working perfectly, grip and glide. I don’t think I had to herringbone once today, not even going up to the Kovach Lookout.
Terrace to the Village, Kovach, Aspen, up to the Kovach Lookout, down the delightful S-turns in the best snow ever, and when I reached the junction with Aspen I did the loop all over again, taking Aspen, Kovach to the Lookout, then back down Kovach to the Village with lots more of those S-turns, Terrace, Terrace Link, finally ending with that fast downhill on Terrace to the parking lot. Did you follow that? I didn’t ski on Ribbon Creek, other than to go out a few metres to take the photo.
Unfortunately, a strong wind had come up just as I was finishing. I hope it doesn’t blow too much debris onto the trails. With the Village being right there, the trails usually get walked on a lot. I was lucky to hit it on a perfect day.