LL to Banff
Conditions weren’t looking so good a couple days ago, but there’s now some positive news.
The Lake Louise to Banff Loppet has posted an Update. The jury’s still out on whether we can do the entire 71K. It depends on how much snow we get by Wednesday. Everyone who is scheduled to race Leg 4 will be happy to hear “The Hillsdale split (leg 4) was skier and machine packed and it is in better shape than previous years.”
If the loppet ends at Sawback, it still is divided into six legs. The best feature of the 50K is that it doesn’t start until 9 a.m.(an hour later). At least that’s been the practice in previous years.
Environment Canada is predicting a high of -6 in Banff for race day, after a low of -13 on Sat night.
After reading Clive’s trip report, “There was about 45 cms of fresh snowfall over the weekend – the groomers were working non-stop,” I think it’s safe to say that Nipika’s loppet will be going ahead this weekend as well . You can still register for the Nipika races on Zone 4. The weather forecast for the Radium area looks downright balmy with a high of +1 on Saturday, after a low of -15 on Friday night.
As I surmised yesterday, the south end trails were trackset in PLPP overnight. Elk Pass, Blueberry, Hydroline and Patterson(but not Tyrwhitt). Did anyone brave the cold and ski there? I don’t imagine it was too difficult finding a parking spot today.
Canmore Nordic Centre
The CNC received 6 – 8 cm of snow. The natural snow trails were trackset today.