Between now and Wednesday, there is snow in the forecast for K-Country, Banff, and Lake Louise. Better yet, after we get the new snow, the temperatures turn cold. This bodes well for more trails being groomed by next weekend.
We’re way ahead of last year. On Nov 22, 2014, I posted “Where’s the Snow?” and wrote the following: “No skiable snow to speak of in Banff, Kananaskis, or Yoho. Even Lake Louise has the bare minimum.”
Thanks for all the trip reports. It’s encouraging to see Cascade Valley being packed already.
I read on Twitter that Moraine Lake Road received 20 cm last night and was being groomed today.
Chuck was scouting out another new trail, the Kicking Horse river in Yoho National Park. All this time, I was giving credit to Chuck for some of his epic trail-breaking exploits, and now we see in the photos that it’s actually Jeannette!
While on the topic of Yoho, don’t forget to support the Kicking Horse Ski Club who is responsible for the trail grooming there. That includes the beautiful trails at Emerald Lake as well. It’s only $40 for a membership. With your membership, you can take advantage of the XC skier’s special rate at Emerald Lake Lodge, too.
Another club that can use your support is the Greater Bragg Creek trails Association. I mentioned two days ago that you can now receive updates on Facebook and Twitter regarding grooming activity in West Bragg.
Lost and Found
If anyone finds a pair of sunglasses on Moraine Lake road, they’re probably Jayne’s. She posted in Ask A Question, Leave a Comment: “Lost a pair of brown Smith sunglasses on the Moraine Lake Road today. Would love to hear from anybody who may have found them.”
FWIW I skied at Kananaskis Village on Saturday.
There was no packing or track setting, but the snow was thick enough to cover any bumps in the trail.
I think I am the twitter individual in question (@calgarybirder). I skate skied up to the top of Moraine Lake Road on soft but enjoyable conditions. Many classic skiers were having waxing challenges (clumping) with the temperature hovering just above zero. By the time I left around noon, the tracksetting was two tracks up, one down, with a skating lane up the middle. One tip – if you’re skating, bring your larger baskets for your poles, at least until the base firms up – my tips were sinking in several inches.
Yes, David, it was your tweet that I was referring to, thanks for sending it. -Bob