Update 10:10 pm: There’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon. It’s snowing in Canmore and the forecast now predicts 2 – 4 cm. Unfortunately there’s more wind in the forecast, too. Thanks for all the informative Trip Reports. I agree with Meghan “awesome possum!”
When I went for a walk in the forest behind my house, I was concerned and worried about the ski trails. Lots of pine needles on the snow, and some new deadfall. Today’s Trip Reports have confirmed my worst fears. After these powerful winds, I imagine every trail in Kananaskis and Banff is a carpet of pine needles.
Wendy had the right idea by using waxless skis. This seems to be the new reality we have to deal with every year now. Waxless skis would be a nice thing to have on your wish list for Christmas if you don’t already own a pair.
Thanks to the Trip Reports, I know that I’ll have to look further afield to find a decent ski trail. I’m speculating that Lake Louise and Yoho may have escaped the worst of the winds, and it seems to have stayed a little colder, too. If anyone knows for sure, please leave us a trip report or comment.
All trip reports are appreciated, even if it’s bad news. At least we can make an informed decision about whether it’s worth going to a particular trail.
Thanks to Ray Perrott for the title of this post!