I’ve written 196 posts this winter. We’ve had 710 trip reports. The blog was viewed 363,059 times.
Skiing started out well. We were on snow earlier than ever.
Oct 26: Good skiing on Moraine Lake road.
Dec 27: Can you ski anywhere in the mountains right now where conditions aren’t great? Every day I go to a different trail and they’re all terrific.
Jan 6: I don’t remember a winter where I’ve been able to ski 23 consecutive times in such good conditions. Since Dec 1, we’ve had a stretch of perfect skiing
weather with excellent snow and trail conditions.
Then things changed.
Jan 16: I’ve never seen so much tree debris in the tracks.
Jan 23: If you ski on the most recent tracksetting, the conditions in PLPP are good. If you ski on any trail that was trackset before Jan 19th, you’ll be on a carpet of needles and debris.
At the low point, I was reduced to making a post entitled PLPP Needle and cone report. Fortunately, conditions improved and I was back to more positive reports such as Utopia for xc skiers and Skiing at its best.
As we’re winding down, I’d be interested in your thoughts on the ski season. What stood out for you about this winter? Did you do as much skiing as you wanted? Did you miss out on any trails that were on your agenda at the start of the season?
For me, a few things are noteworthy. I’ll remember 2012-2013 as the year of the pine needle. We’ve had them in the past but never to the extent that we saw this winter. We also went six weeks with very little snow, which compounded the pine needle problem.
Although there were some challenges, I could list hundreds of wonderful things about this winter, so here are a few hilites for me:
- I spent many a wonderful day skiing the Skogan pass trails, and made it to Skogan pass summit for the first time in my life.
- It was nice to ski on Lake O’Hara fire road for the first time in at least eight years.
- I skied the Goat creek/Spray river trail to Banff 7 times, probably the most ever. Goat creek in good conditions is a phenomenal trail.
- The success of Kicking Horse Ski Club’s efforts to maintain tracksetting in Yoho and Emerald Lake, with some help from readers of this blog.
- All the terrific photos which were submitted by readers for the Emerald lake Lodge contest.
- The outstanding readership of this blog. It was up over last year by at least 40%.
- The willingness of my readers to leave trip reports in order to enlighten others about the trail conditions. As I’ve said before, it’s the life-blood of this blog.
- Meeting so many of my readers and trip reporters on the trails.
- A trip report from Chip with the descriptive phrase, “soul-mending rhythm of cross-country skiing.” I’ll be repeating that to myself all summer in anticipation.
- …and this one from Mary Perrott: “The creek area just north of the Patterson junction was particularly lovely today: mounds of untracked, sculpted white snow, etched with long blue shadows cast by the half-bright sun.”