Spray Valley updates

by Bob Truman on November 22, 2012

in Animal tracks & sightings, Avalanche, Spray Valley Prov Park

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Wishing the bear family a safe journey into hibernation

Kananaskis Public Safety(KPS) reports the Black Prince area is closed until further notice due to a denning grizzly bear and her 3 cubs. All access restricted.

A comment about this on Facebook: “Oh man, good thing I cancelled my plans to hike around there with my pockets filled with garlic sausage. I’m chubby and slow, grizzlys dream meal.”

Before last night, KPS reported 65 cm of new snow in the Spray Valley in the past 4 days. That must be up to at least 75 cm or more after last night. If you’re a backcountry skier, make sure you check the Avalanche bulletins, as there are some concerns at the moment.

For track skiers, we will be watching for updates on the Mt Shark area and whether any grooming has occurred.

I won’t be skiing today, so I hope a few of you will be out exploring. Should be lots of new snow for the trail crews to be grooming before the weekend. I hope to see some trip reports to help me decide where to ski tomrow. If you’re wondering how popular the Trip Reports page is, it’s been viewed 1445 times in the past 7 days.

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1 john November 22, 2012 at 8:41 am

Hi Bob; Yep lots of new snow to work with . Hans and I have been packing and shoveling the Fairview and Telemark trails.Fairview is trackset ,with some new snow on top, it’s in good early season condition,with some bumps and narrow spots. Telemark/Peyto trails are packed and ok for wider skis,no track,lots more work to do. Morraine and 1A were packed and groomed again yesterday with sleds,so it was a bit soft and more snow on top. The Alpina and heavier equipment don’t work well in the warmer weather or deep snow . Jeff and Andrew should be on it again soon. Lake Louise Info should know where they are working , the info center is still open Monday thru Wednesday ,staffed by Banff L.Louise tourism . Still not much snow in Yoho to get us over the rocks and stumps.

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