Here in Canmore, it doesn’t look very pleasant outside. Temperature is -20°C but there’s also a wind to make it even colder. Environment Canada lists the wind chill at -28. We received 3 cm of snow overnight.
Last night in PLPP, the entire length of Pocaterra was trackset. Packers was partially trackset, but there’s a cautionary note on the trail report: “Packers – not fully trackset due to areas of thin snow and other early season hazards. Use caution, particularly on descent (East to West).”
The PLPP Visitor Centre webcam shows the temperature at -16, which in reality is probably closer to -20. Before you head out, check the webcams for road conditions.
Lake Louise skiers
If you’re planning on skiing at Lake Louise between Jan 5 – 15, please read the notice which I’ve posted at the right. The first race of the 2015 Westerns on January 15th will be an Open/Masters race on the proposed course for the Ski Tour Canada 2016 in Lake Louise.
Anyone can enter the Lake Louise race. I see lots of masters are on the confirmation list. For more info Alberta World Cup Society.
Parks Canada has additional information posted here: Haywood NorAm 2015 Western Canadian Cross Country Ski Championships
Nipika Mountain Resort has an upcoming classic loppet on Jan 31, and a skating race the next day. They have good snow conditions now, and the latest report states, “Trails [ 50 kms ] are groomed for classic & skate skiing. The skiing is spectacular.” Register at Zone 4. On the main menu, I have a Loppets page listed.
A new record
We got the new year started on the right foot by setting another record for visitors to this blog on Jan 1 with 5692. When I started this blog in 2008 – 2009, I was elated when it received 100 visits in a day. A good portion of those 5692 skiers were on the trails at the Canmore Nordic Centre yesterday.