I’m back from the Lake Louise to Banff loppet where conditions were as good as I’ve ever seen them with excellent snow coverage, great tracks, and my team broke the five hour barrier for the first time ever.
The weather was also as favourable as possible with cold snow, making waxing easy, and beautiful sunshine as daylight broke in the spectacular rocky mountains. On leg 2, the sun was rising and shining directly into my eyes and blinding me, that’s my excuse for being so slow. The air temperature at the start was -12°C, and at the finish line in Banff, depending on the time of day, was around -6°C.
Congratulations to Ian Daffern who was the overall and individual winner with a time of 4:09. That’s only 2 minutes short of the all-time record set by John Groeneveld in 2000. An amazing feat when you consider some of the difficult trails which we must ski through.
I’ll post more photos later. In the mean time, if anyone would like to share their loppet experience, and let all the readers know how much fun you had, please leave a comment or an email email@example.com and I’ll be happy to post the account of your adventure, or misadventure as the case may be. It’s always enlightening to hear the details from those with
boots skis on the ground. Luckily, this year, we didn’t have much “ground” to worry about, only a few pine needles and ice. I used my good skis for both legs and only ended up with minor scratches. I do know of two skiers who lost pole baskets.
Photos from the loppet(note there are two pages of photos)