I was greeted by falling, blowing snow and lots of it in PLPP today. The tracks at Elk Pass were still well-defined thanks to all the nice, kind skiers who were breaking trail in front of me.
There’s at least 10 cm of fresh snow over Friday’s grooming and tracksetting but the going was pretty easy for me. In the photos you’ll see all the blog readers who were doing the hard work.
The air temperature was -1°C, so I knew that waxing would be a challenge with all the snow coming down. I wisely chose my waxless skis today, and all the skiers I encountered confirmed my suspicions. It was one of those days where you either have iced-up skis or no grip.
A strong wind was howling, and the snow was blowing and swirling in the Elk Pass parking lot. I know from experience that once you get over the gi-normous hill, it can be a whole different world on the other side, and indeed that was the case today. Calm and serene after the first 2k, except for the top of Blueberry Hill. Being forewarned by Richard and Dave, I turned around before reaching the top and subjecting myself to the hurricane force winds. There wouldn’t have been much of a view anyway today.
The first 200 meters from the trailhead is no longer a concern, as all that ice and dirt is hidden by beautiful, fresh snow. The snow was still coming down and stung my eyes as I flew down the big hill to the trailhead. Between the fresh snow and my fish scale skis, I only reached a top speed of 34 Kmh. Last year, on better conditions, I hit 49 Kmh as is shown in this video the fastest 1k in Kananaskis. When it’s groomed and trackset, the conditions should be fantastic.