We went to Banff for lunch and a dip in the hot springs today. I knew it would be futile to go there to ski. Took a little walk on the Spray river trail to see just how bad it was. I imagine the photo is indicative of most of the ski trails in the area.
As I walked back to the trailhead, it surprised me to see a couple ladies starting out. They were on waxless skis but it didn’t look like fun. When I learned they were from Vancouver and here on business but came out a day early to ski, I apologized for the horrendous conditions. They replied, “Oh I didn’t think it was that bad.”
Am I spoiled, or do they have poor conditions as a matter of course out there?
The snow was very wet and would have been impossible to wax for even if there was no debris. The air temperature was +6°C.
Things won’t improve for the forseeable future according to the forecast. The weather situation looks a lot better at Lake Louise, but I don’t know if they got the strong winds and consequent debris. There’s no new snow predicted for anywhere. What a freakin’ disaster.
Lunch was delicious. The hot springs were nice, but I felt disconcerted about going there without doing a long and vigorous ski first.
Banff National Park posted this on Facebook :
Trail Crew had quite a surprise this week when, while track-setting Moraine Lake Road, they were brought to a halt by a vole in the track. When one of the trail crew members went to investigate, the little rodent swiftly climbed onto his boot and up his leg!
After a quick photo, this little one was returned to the nearest visible vole track where it travelled briefly before diving back under the snow. Fun Fact: Animals that live in the space between the ground and the snow are known as “subnivean”.