Update: Check comments for the grooming update from Jody.
With all the posts I’ve been putting up, I almost forgot….I took a quick spin around the nordic centre yesterday. We had about 5 cm of snow around 9 a.m. in the morning, so it helped where the tracks were extremely icy. On the lesser-used trails, the going was slow, but on the busy trails, the tracks were well skied-in and quite fast. Icy in some places. Inconsistent would be the best way to describe conditions. I used waxless skis and, for the most part, it was enjoyable. Regular wax would not have worked; you’d need klister or waxless, or better yet, skate skis.
Back in Calgary now.
Many thanks Jody. I spoke to Alex at the PLPP Visitor Center this morning (Thursday, April 7). You have confirmed his information to me about the proposed grooming in PLPP this weekend. He said that 20 cm of unexpected new snow fell last night (Wednesday, April, April 6/11) at Chester Lake and also at Ribbon Creek and about 5 cm or so at the Visitor Center! When I called the HI Kananaskis hostel for available lodging (all booked up this weekend with a Girl Guide camp by the way)the hostel keeper said they were snowed in and had trouble getting to the hostel! I hope to meet some of you lucky Kananaskis devotees who get to ski there all the time.
Pierre Lamoureux (President, Lakeland Cross Country Ski Club, St.Paul, Alberta)
I wanted to give a heads up to all the Thursday Mt Shark skiers. The next (and probably last) two weeks of Shark grooming will be done on Thurs night fresh for Friday rather than Wed night. So no fresh Shark grooming tonight. After that there should be beautiful crust skiing for many weeks with all the snow that is up there.
As for the people coming down from St. Paul, there will be fresh grooming for Sat and Sun in PLPP. I can’t promise anything on the fresh snow conditions of course (but this winter the odds still seem good), but I will promise fresh grooming, mechanical issues aside. And I am pretty sure that one of those days takes in Elk Pass plus. Happy skiing.