-Lily and her dad Rick were out for their first ski of the season-
I experienced the good conditions at the Canmore Nordic Centre late this afternoon. Although the air temperature was +2, the snow was still cold at -4.
I used the VR50(0/-4) from yesterday, and all was well. It’s a testament to the snow quality when I can descend Skogan pass and still have wax on my skis for the next day.
As we’re hearing on the trip reports, the windy conditions of last night produced a lot of tree debris. It wasn’t a significant problem, but perhaps a minor annoyance. We are in luck, however, because it’s going to snow on Monday night and Tuesday. It looks like we’ll get enough to cover the debris and make new tracks for next weekend.
I skied out on Bow, came back on Banff, Meadowview, doubled back on Freddie’s Flip and returned under the lights on Banff trail. There are detours where you have no lights because the snow-making has closed a few sections of the lit loop. The downhill hairpin turn on Freddie’s Flip is a blast when the snow conditions are so good.
I ran into two skiers from Duluth, Minnesota who are here with a group of 16 to train on our early, good snow.
The Snow Forecast is predicting varying amounts of snow from 21 cm in PLPP and Ribbon creek, to 14 cm in Banff and Lake Louise. The best news is that the temperatures are remaining below zero which will preserve the precious stuff.
A special weather statement has been issued for Kootenay and Yoho National Parks. Snow then Arctic air and blowing snow causing winter travel conditions beginning Monday. 10-15 cm of snow by tomorrow night. Lake Louise is going down to -23 on Tuesday night.
The Banff trail report was indicating “Planned Grooming for Nov 21 – Pipestone trails.” I wonder if that occurred? Did anyone go there today?
I can’t wait to see which trails will be groomed and trackset this week.