It snowed another 4 cm overnight in Canmore. I expect conditions are excellent at the Canmore Nordic Centre where they continue to groom and trackset daily. As John A reported from skiing there, “The snow and tracks were as good or better than at any time during the entire winter. “
Jody speculates that tracksetting will continue in PLPP until Easter. Last night, Wheeler, Woolley, Meadow and Amos were done.
The Banff trail report, which is two days old, shows that Mar 29 was the last time tracksetting occurred in Lake Louise, but I’m hopeful that it will continue on for a bit longer.
Yesterday we went to Banff for lunch. I later took a walk out onto the Spray river trail to see what it was like, and to my surprise, it had perfect tracks. They were not skier-set tracks. There was some fresh snow over top, so I couldn’t make out any corduroy, but the tracks were completely uniform and in excellent shape, obviously done by machine. I couldn’t believe my eyes, and walked out further(700 metres) and there was no difference.
I stopped at the Banff Info Centre and inquired if tracksetting had been discontinued for this winter. The man behind the counter at the Info Centre looked up from his paperwork, as though ready to chastise me for disturbing him, and told me indeed that tracksetting was finished. I told him what I saw at Spray river and was told “they must be skier’s tracks.”
According to the trail report, the last tracksetting occurred on Spray River on Mar 7. Those tracks have remained in great shape for the past 25 days, through all the snowfalls, thawing, freezing, and hundreds of skiers. Wow!
Regarding Bear 122 who has been spotted numerous times on the Baker Creek to Castle Lookout trail, here’s a link to an article from last summer. Badass bear no serial killer.
I have a funny story to relate regarding bears in spring. Cheryl and I were skiing on April 12, 2006 on Tyrwhitt on fresh tracksetting, with a dusting of new snow on the grooming.
Skiing blissfully along, I suddenly spotted some unusual tracks. I said to Cheryl, “Why did the tracksetter guy get off his machine and walk barefoot in the snow here?” Cheryl took a look and clued me in quickly.
Cheryl swears she heard the bear in the trees. You could see the bear’s tracks emerging from the trees on the east side, perhaps this was his first foray out from hibernation. It was right at the picnic table, of course. Where else would you expect to see a bear?
Five years later, I spotted the same tracks on Whiskey jack and there was no mistaking them for a human’s.