Beautiful conditions, spectacular scenery
The tracks at Mt Shark were in perfect shape from last night’s grooming. Watridge Lake Road is groomed and trackset all the way to the Spray River bridge. My red Toko was gripping well, Cheryl used VR55.
In past years, the grooming would end at the Lake. This extra section adds 2.2K with a fun downhill at the end. It’s an elevation loss of 90 metres. Not sure if I’d want to do it in icy conditions, but it was perfect today.
We had some hilly fun on the Red/black trail on the way back, and the 2K Blue trail.
The conditions out here should still be good for classic skiing tomorrow morning. After that, you’ll need waxless or klister. The skating should be good for a while yet.
The Spray Lakes Road(aka Smith-Dorrien) is in rough shape from the Canmore end. Numerous potholes and standing water. Early in the day it should be frozen, and better to drive on, but it will be pretty muddy later on.