We’re getting a little antsy around here. No skiable natural snow to speak of in Banff, Kananaskis Village, or West Bragg Creek. This is not unusual, of course, but we’re all eagerly anticipating that first ski trip to Cascade Fire road, Ribbon Creek, and West Bragg(with our dogs)!
Luckily we have Lake Louise with excellent conditions and where we’ve been skiing on good tracks for 17 days already. The Canmore Nordic Centre is making snow and gradually adding more distance to the original Frozen Thunder. Let’s hope we see some grooming work at Elk Pass this week.
If you wish to go further a”field,” 20 minutes from Lake Louise you’ll be skiing on the Yoho Valley road which has been packed.
A 3-hour drive from Calgary will take you to Golden, BC where 10K of trails are trackset. They will be holding a race next weekend Dawn Mountain Challenge.
Nipika Mountain Resort which is a 2.5 hour drive from Calgary has all trails packed, but “will not open until we can provide safe, hazard free trails.” There’s snow in the forecast, and Lyle is hopeful that Nipika will be open next weekend.
The photo at the top shows Canadian Alex Harvey competing in the first world cup race in Norway yesterday. He had an excellent fifth place finish. Read more in SkiTrax World Cup opener – quotes and photos.
Did you know that Lyle Wilson from Nipika coached Alex Harvey’s dad, Pierre, when he was on the Canadian ski team?
Deadline for entries to the Free Ski Lessons contest is 11:59 pm.
Incredible conditions along the upper portion of Pocaterra Trail in the K Valley, starting at the fire access road on Hwy 40 (road still open till Dec.1) and heading up to the Kananaskis Lookout. I broke trail Saturday morning in minus 21 degrees and had the lookout summit to myself. Green wax worked perfectly. Of course, it will have all changed by now with the Chinook blowing in. Oh well, a great start to the season.