– Pocaterra Hut in PLPP is now open daily –
Not as much snow materialized as was in the forecast. In Canmore, I’d guess we received about 3 cm. Here’s a first-hand account of the state of the trails at West Bragg from Trevor Warne:
“Only about 5 cm of new dry snow which isn’t enough to repack. The chinook during the week made the trails very icy so expect mixed conditions (thin in sun-exposed spots, ‘dust on crust’ elsewhere). Hoping for more snow so we can get out and pack it. Base will need to grow before track setting can begin.”
The new Pocaterra has emerged
Starting today, Pocaterra hut in PLPP is now open daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. This gives me hope that packing the trails in PLPP will be starting soon.
The new configuration of Pocaterra trail has been posted. Pocaterra new configuration. The new trail makes use of the old trail for the initial 717 metres but then veers off into unknown territory.
Further along, it joins up with Come-Along and Stroil and eventually connects back to the original trail near the Lynx junction. It appears to me that it joins Lynx before it reaches the the old Lynx/Pocaterra junction. If someone knows differently, let us know.
The new trail is 4.1K and will have more hills. The old Pocaterra was 3.6K and was perfect for beginners because it was so flat. The first 717 metres will be the same at least. It also looks like the first 600 metres of a re-configured Come-Along is now on the old Pocaterra trail, so in effect, you could ski for about 1.3K from the hut on the old Pocaterra trail.
The bridge over Ribbon creek should be completed soon. This will allow the Tracksetter access to all the north trails such as Skogan pass, Hidden, Ruthie’s, Troll Falls, and Hay meadow. The Terrace trail down to Ribbon creek has been reconfigured but until the bridge is built, it can’t be accessed from Ribbon creek parking lot.