-Fiona and her brother Tadhg were skiing on the lower part of Elk Pass-
There were dozens of skiers on Elk Pass today, many of them standing at the side of the trail scraping their skis.
I took my own advice and got an early start(for me anyway), and was climbing Whiskey Jack at 11:15 a.m. but it didn’t make any difference. The snow at the trailhead and for the first 2K was wet. That all changed at 1800 metres(half-way up) where the snow was much colder.
Boulton Creek parking lot is at about 1700 metres elevation. The top of Whiskey Jack is about 1900 metres.
After the steep part of WJ, the two skiers ahead of me with klister were leaving large divots in the tracks.
The temperature at 11 am at Boulton Creek parking was +3°C, and +5 at 2 pm.
Tyrwhitt had lovely cold snow and I was wishing I had been on waxable skis. The challenge is getting up high and onto the cold snow. I made the compromise and used waxless skis again today. My zeros give awesome grip on wet snow, and I needed it for half of the 18K loop which I did today.
Same deal on Elk Pass. Above the Blueberry junction, the snow was cold enough for purple wax. I don’t know about Blueberry Hill itself, but I imagine it would have been okay on wax. Elk Pass received about 3 cm of new snow last night at higher elevations.
I’ve never seen so many skiers on Fox Creek. It has surprisingly good tracks but the snow is wet. I ran into a traffic jam on Fox Creek and never did figure out what people were looking at. Maybe someone who was there can enlighten me. All I know is there were some kids in deep snow, and a dog.
Are you planning to ski the Birkie next Saturday? It looks like they received a lot of snow from the recent storm. Here’s their latest update:
BIRKIE-2015–Updated 11 AM Sunday 8 Feb 2015
LOTS OF SNOW NOW, AND MILD TEMPERATURES FOR BIRKIE;
We’re back to about 25 cm snow depth, a little above average. Birkieland has been tracked already. Birkie land yesterday.. Even with warm weather Thursday and Friday, there will be plenty for groomers to work with.
Photos from today’s skiing in PLPP…