After my first ski trip of this winter on new Pocaterra yesterday, I continued on the fresh tracksetting along Lynx, Amos, Wheeler, Whiskey Jack, and the higher-elevation “old” Pocaterra.
Lynx and Amos were in reasonably good condition with occasional twigs, dirt and pine needles, but nothing more than a minor inconvenience. They were considerably better than “new” Pocaterra.
It was on Wheeler where conditions got a lot better, and where I immediately spotted the wolf tracks which Jody had mentioned in his early morning report. I followed them along Wheeler until some new grooming covered their tracks at the intersection of the trail which goes down to Boulton creek parking lot. I would bet that one of them was the beautiful black wolf which I saw on Nov 29 and wrote about it here.
As I passed by Packers, it appeared to be in nice shape with fresh tracksetting, but according to reports, the real issue is the ice floe higher up. Not a problem if you’re climbing, but scary if you’re descending.
I continued on to climb Whiskey Jack on marvelous conditions. At the top, I skied over to Tyrwhitt and took a photo. It hasn’t been groomed for some time, but as we’ve read on the Trip Reports from Jody, that should change in the next day or two.
Now for the 6.2K of quick, fun downhill on Pocaterra. Rather than blasting right through the next intersection, I did stop and take a photo of Packers. While rocketing down the next section, the wolf tracks reappeared for a while, then disappeared into the forest near the trail which leads out to the highway. I’m glad this part of the highway is closed for their sake.
It was now twilight as I reached the Lynx junction and had some beautiful scenery of the setting sun shining on the mountains and clouds, now able to be seen from the viewpoints on the new Pocaterra.
The air temperature when I arrived back at the hut was -6°C.
Cascade valley was trackset again yesterday. The trails at the Tunnel Mountain campground in Banff sound like they’d be a good place for beginners to practice their technique.
I added some more photos to the Emerald Lake Lodge contest, and there are new comments to read, too.
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