Here’s a link to an interview I did on CBC Radio today regarding the proposed user fees for ski trails in Peter Lougheed Prov Park. SkierBob interview on the CBC’s Homestretch
I was informed by the LL Visitor Centre that Moraine Lake road(MLR) and the Great Divide would be groomed and trackset early Saturday morning. If indeed that’s the case, conditions should be terrific. The snow is still very cold. The snow temp on Fairview was -10°C at 3 pm.
I skied MLR-Fairview-Chateau-Tramline today. Despite not being trackset for five days, MLR was still in good shape with fast tracks.
Fairview is a mixed bag. 75% of it is trackset and has some nice stretches with excellent snow coverage, but also has other spots with rocks, twigs, and cavernous depressions on fast downhills that could throw you off-balance and send you crashing and burning(then freezing to death). I cannot recommend it unless you are a seasoned intermediate skier with high risk tolerance and a death wish.
Upper Tramline has tracksetting that’s a few days old, but Lower Tramline was trackset today.
From the Fairview/Tramline junction(which is at the east end of the lake parking lot), there’s a packed trail, two of them actually, which will take you to the lake and as far as the boathouse. No skiing on the lake yet.
I heard about Pipestone from another skier and received a few IPhone photos. Packed only, it’s skiable with due care and caution.
As I was skiing on a downhill section of MLR, I saw a skier coming towards me and I remarked to my companion how he was double-poling UPHILL. Who should it turn out to be but Lyle Wilson from Nipika Mountain Resort. They’re still waiting for enough snow to groom the trails which should be obvious if Lyle is skiing at Lake Louise.
John was at the Great Divide earlier in the day and left a detailed account on Trip Reports. It should be a blue wax day early tomorrow. Depending on which weather forecast you believe, it will be -9 to -13 tonight at LL, with a high on Saturday of -4 to -1. The highway is bare and dry all the way to Lake Louise.