-Liam, Ian, and John, otherwise known as the Maritime Reunion Association, were enjoying the snow on Moraine Lake road.-
I started skiing on Moraine Lake road at 10:45 a.m, and there was already 3-4 cm of new snow on the trail. When I finished at 1:00 pm, it was up to 5 cm, and still coming down.
There’s a snowfall warning in effect for Banff National Park. 10-15 cm expected by tomorrow(Sunday) afternoon.
I believe there’s enough snow to trackset. Cross your fingers for Sunday. Today, there was a skier-set track which was better than nothing. The Banff trail report erroneously stated that MLR, Great Divide, and Tramline were trackset. They meant “Groomed,” and have corrected it.
The air temperature was hovering around 0/-1, which makes it difficult to wax when new snow is falling. I encountered a few classic skiers who were icing/clumping. I also saw a few who stopped to scrape.
I don’t mess around with wax in these conditions because I have waxless skis. Today I used the Skintecs and they performed very well, if not as fast as a waxable ski. I had good grip going up the big hill, and reasonable glide. The new snow in the tracks slows you down considerably.
Today my zero skis would not have worked well. The fresh snow gives you high heels, and makes them worse than useless. I’ve tried the silicone spray in these conditions, and it lasts for about 100 metres. Skintecs or fish scale would have performed well in the conditions today. On the icy or wet conditions on Frozen Thunder, the zero skis are excellent.
It was truly a pleasure to meet John McInerney(pictured at the top with Ian and his son Liam) on the trail today. He’s the guy with the great attitude. To refresh your memory, John posted this comment a while back:
My blog statistics indicate when the snow arrives:
More photos from today on Moraine Lake road…