-A happy Chuck O’Callaghan at the finish line after skiing 50K in the Lake Louise to Banff Loppet-
It was another fun-filled ski race today. Adding to the adventure was 6 cm of fresh snow on the trail which fell between 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. this morning. It slowed us down but it also covered every pine needle in existence although there were very few to begin with.
The winning time was 22 minutes slower than last year which could be attributed to the fresh snow. We had fast tracks in 2014.
The snow temperature at the start was -6°C and remained cold throughout the day. Air temperature was -8 at the start and -3 at the finish. The Baker creek to Castle Lookout trail has never been in better condition.
Exactly 100 skiers started the race on the lake at 9 a.m. consisting of 48 solo skiers and 52 relay teams. My team placed 17th. Peter had to make a dramatic last leg pass of the Lady Lumberjacks or we would have been 18th. The first leg was hard work with all the fresh snow but I pulled into Baker creek with a time of 1:36:05. Last year, I did that same leg in 1:35:25, but was pacing myself because I was skiing for the entire 50K.
Thanks to all the volunteers and organizers who make this delightful race so enjoyable for all the participants.
Lake Louise to Banff loppet results.
The Loppet website has posted some photos.
Story in the Rocky Mountain Outlook Ski jumper wins Lake Louise to Banff Loppet
Story in the Bow Valley Crag and Canyon Savill, Young tops among loppet skiers
Here are my 60 photos from the loppet(take note there are 2 pages)…