Update Feb 22: Due to a cougar kill, there are some closures in effect for Ribbon creek west of Link junction, and Link. Check the Trip Reports and the Kananaskis trail report for more details. Pat Davis has posted photos of the dead elk.
Don’t forget, it’s the Cookie race in PLPP on Saturday. Pocaterra will be crawling with vehicles and skiers.
After seeing this morning’s Kananaskis trail report I went to Ribbon Creek with Tessa to ski on some of the best conditions of the winter. Jeff put in a solid day of grooming on Tuesday, resulting in 95% of the trails in the Ribbon creek and Kananaskis village area being trackset and in fantastic condition.
Graeme’s trip report on Marmot and Coal mine confirms what I’m telling you, “Fresh trackset and courduroy was absolutely wonderful.” The tracks were even faster than on Monday but the snow is still very cold. I hope these conditions stay like this for a while, as I would sure like to ski up to Skogan pass lookout one more time this winter.
There’s been a lot of foot traffic and snowshoers on Ribbon creek, but they’re staying out of the tracks. Thank you.
I was using VR45(-2/-8) and it was gripping very well. As we were leaving around 5 pm, it seemed to be getting a lot colder although the thermometer indicated only -3°C air temperature.
I noticed fresh corduroy on the Bill Milne trail on the way out, so I tracked down Tracksetter Jeff near the golf course as he was making the first pass over the trail. If you want some excellent conditions for classic or skating, the Bill Milne, Wedge connector and Evan-Thomas will be in great shape for the near future. There will be a single classic track with a skating lane on these trails by late tonight.
In Banff National Park in the past three days we have new tracksetting on Cascade valley, Goat creek, Spray river loop, and now Healy creek and Sundance. It makes me wonder what’s happening with Brewster creek.
The PLPP trail report shows the usual tracksetting is ongoing and conditions should be superb for the Cookie race on Saturday. There will be hundreds of vehicles at Pocaterra, so if you are planning a trip to PLPP on Saturday, it would be prudent to start at one of the other trailheads.
Another upcoming race is the Lake Louise Loppet on March 3.
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Check this page for Michael’s excellent review of five ski areas in BC: West Kelowna, Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, and Golden. Skiing in BC