– Moraine Lake road has about 15 cm of ungroomed snow –
Everyone is hungry for information about MLR, as it’s usually the first place we ski every winter, at least on natural snow. I heard conflicting reports on the amount of snow which Lake Louise received from yesterday’s storm, so I went to see for myself.
There’s about 15 cm of consolidated snow(it may have been 20 – 25 cm immediately after falling), but no packing or grooming has occurred. There were skier tracks in the deep snow from a couple of people who couldn’t wait any longer.
It’s just a matter of time until Parks starts packing it. I’m not sure when that will be, but let’s hope it’s skiable by next weekend(Nov 9, 10), if not sooner.
From the PLPP trail report: As of Nov. 2nd, PLPP is blanketed by snow. Overnight, upwards of 20 cm of snow fell at the lowest elevations of the park, with much more at higher elevations. On the Smith-Dorrien Road, near Chester Trailhead, 36.5 cm of snow is now on the ground and near the continental divide, accumulations are closer to 44 cm. If venturing out, it is critical to be aware of the potential for early season avalanches.
Trails in Peter Lougheed have not been groomed or packed at this early stage, so avid early season cross-country skiers should anticipate breaking trail in deep snow and be aware that there is no base yet so pole plants and skis will break through to ground in most locations.
Yoho/Emerald Lake Update
Going further afield, some good news from the Kicking Horse Ski Club. They have “re-connected” the Emerald Connector. You may recall, the old trail had an avalanche two winters ago and Parks would not allow grooming to occur in that zone. The trail has been re-routed and will once again be trackset.
This would be a good time to let everyone know that Trail #20 in Guess the trail, bridges edition was the Emerald Connector.
The Emerald Connector is an extremely enjoyable trail with small rolling hills as it winds through the forest between the Natural Bridge and Emerald Lake, about 10K one way. If you access it from the Field Visitor Centre, it would extend the trip to 12K.
Nipika Update: See photo. Six inches is equivalent to about 15 cm.
Golden, BC Update:
From Twitter, Troy Hudson reports they received about 20 cm of snow on the Dawn Mountain Nordic trails. I’ve tweeted Troy and asked if it’s deep enough for them to start packing.