Thirty minutes up, and three minutes down. Need I say more? Although the temperature at the fire lookout was -14, it seemed a lot nicer. Starting out at Boulton creek it was -10 with a howling wind. You’d think it would have been even windier after a 420 metre elevation gain, but the sun was out, the wind had calmed down, and I was warm from all the climbing.
As predicted yesterday, Whiskey Jack was trackset. At the top, Pocaterra was trackset in both directions. I couldn’t have asked for better conditions. From Pocaterra/Tyrwhitt junction, the Kananaskis fire lookout is about 220 metres elevation gain over a distance of 1.7K. This trail is a lot of fun when you have excellent conditions as was the case today. It’s F – A – S – T!
Only the north side has been groomed. I’m not sure what the plans are for the south side. My Mantracker instincts told me that someone earlier today had skied up the south side in the deep snow and came down the north side in the new grooming. I saw tracks coming down but none ascending.
I skied Tyrwhitt to the Elk Pass junction. Elk Pass still has the weekend’s snow on it, but I believe it is being trackset tonight. I returned the same way I came, along Tyrwhitt and down Whiskey Jack. Tyrwhitt is in very nice condition and no longer has the “sinking” snow syndrome.
My guess is that along with Elk Pass, Hydroline and Blueberry will be trackset before the weekend.