We had fantastic weather and wonderful trail conditions today on Goat Creek. Caroline and I skied to the Spray river bridge and up the other side, about 9.5K one-way. That’s the half-way point if you’re skiing the entire distance from Canmore to Banff.
As I had hoped, yesterday’s snow was skied-in by the early skiers and the tracks were quite fast. The snow temp was -7, and the wax worked so well that we didn’t even have to herringbone once today. The steep hill down to Goat creek has lots of snow and you didn’t have to take your skis off. It was unusual, though, to see two skiers having lunch at the corner of the bridge exactly where you have to make the sharp turn.
We were amused by a skate skier, who we didn’t see, but his tracks told the story. On Goat Creek, it’s normal to have a large ridge of snow in the middle of the track. This skate-skier plowed through the ridge which was a foot deep on his skate skis! We were having such a wonderful day, I couldn’t get upset over his skate tracks messing up the classic tracks, as the damage was minimal since the snow already had a day to set up.
What did upset me was the ignorant people who completely ruined the tracks on the first 4K.
While we were out, some snowshoers decided to emaciate the trail for our return trip to the Goat Creek trailhead.
It’s rare that we get an opportunity to ski Goat Creek on such magnificent conditions. It’s a shame to have a few self-absorbed, inconsiderate people ruin it for all the skiers who will be out tomorrow. It was obvious there was no attempt to walk in the middle of the trail to preserve the tracks; in fact it almost looked as if they tried to walk in the tracks on purpose. Thankfully they only went about 4K. I’m not criticizing snowshoers in general, just the ones who did this. In fact, I’ve been impressed with the way snowshoeing has not interfered with the skier’s tracks in PLPP.
I’ve been enjoying the banter on the Trip Reports page about the animal sightings. The photo of the wolves is one of my all-time favourites from the Banff National Park remote wildlife cameras. Those pups are extremely happy to see their mom who probably just returned from a hunting trip. Click on the photo to see a larger image.
Some trails were trackset in PLPP last night. Check the Kananaskis trail report. Check the comment on this post from tracksetter Jeff for an update on the Ribbon Creek/Kananaskis Village trails.