-Fiona and Charlotte had already skied 2.5K on Banff trail-
Significant temperature drops were occurring this afternoon. Martin J reports a drop from -1 to -10 at Ribbon creek. The storm blew in while I was skiing at the nordic centre this afternoon. It was a pleasant day, calm, and -2°C, at 2 pm. 90 minutes later, the temperature had dropped to -8 and gale force winds were howling straight into my face as I tried to race back to the warmth of the daylodge.
Conditions on the man-made snow are terrific. The Banff trail loop is in nice shape, and you can ski on this great snow to the Mine meadow, about 3K. Lots of skiers were enjoying the excellent conditions.
The conditions on the natural snow on Banff trail were much better than I expected. There are a few thin spots and it would benefit from 5 cm more snow, which is coming in the next 24 hours according to the weather forecast.
It was nice to see Peter as I was returning on the lower part of the Banff trail loop. He was the first skier ever pictured on this blog. The link to his picture disappeared when I revamped the blog three years ago, but I’ve re-posted it on the second-ever blog post which I made on Nov 13, 2008. That was 1203 posts ago.
We have a winner
Yesterday while I was at the PLPP Visitor Centre, I managed to find a person who hadn’t entered the Emerald Lake Lodge contest to make the draw. Quinn was there with his parents, Jim and Jacinta, who are avid blog readers.
Congratulations to Althea Shaw, the lucky winner of two free nights at Emerald Lake Lodge. When notified of the big win, Althea replied “I won!? Wow, that is shocking – I never win anything!! Till now.”
Thank you to everyone who entered. I probably speak for most readers when I say that it’s wonderful to see the fabulous photos which are submitted, and to read all the thoughtful and interesting comments.
Don’t forget, Emerald Lake Lodge offers a special midweek rate for all ski club members. If you’re not a ski club member, get on board for $40 with the Kicking Horse Ski Club. The KHSC is responsible for grooming and tracksetting at Emerald Lake and Yoho.
More photos from today’s skiing at Canmore Nordic Centre…