We enjoyed a late afternoon ski on Moraine Lake road yesterday. The snow’s in wonderful shape, but equipment problems on Tuesday morning with the new Ginsu tracksetter caused some “inconvenience” to skiers. (We really have a lot to complain about, don’t we?)
I’ll spare you the mechanical details, but the result was that the tracks were set closer to the shoulder of MLR, which means they were in softer snow, with the resulting slow tracks, skis sinking in the tracks, and poles hitting pavement. I met tracksetter Hans on the trail, and he had the problem fixed and was already re-setting the track by 4:30 pm. With a cold night to set-up, the conditions should be excellent again today.
It was a lot colder in Lake Louise than I expected, especially higher up, maybe around -10. That’s not really what I’d normally consider cold, but we must be getting soft. Once the sun is behind the mountains, it seems to make it feel colder, but that’s what made us appreciate a dip the Banff Hot Springs even more.
We took a look at the Great Divide(1A Hwy) and while it is not trackset, it appears skiable if you need some variety. It’s been packed and has a good base. Needs one more good snowfall.
On Monday, we set a new record for views on this blog with 1627. The previous record was 1259 on Feb 7, 2011. I can’t wait ’til the dog topic comes up.
Photos from Tue Nov 8
Back to the hot topic of the past few days…Richard made a comment on the “Incident” issue, the premise of which I had not considered.
“Yelling track is from a bygone era when most trails were not much better than skier track set. It was very difficult to pass people once you stepped out of the tracks so you asked them to get out of your way. With todays grooming methods there is no need to yell track, just step out and go around.”
The premise of Richard’s comment is that things are constantly evolving, and we need to make some adjustments to our thinking and preconceived notions about things. Let’s all move into the 21st century. Comments continue to come in, so check back to those posts for your update.
Hey Dennis, one day this winter, I dare you to ski up behind me and yell “track.” That is, if you can catch me!