It’s another cold morning at -16°C here in Canmore, but the effects of the chinook should be evident later today.
Higher elevations will probably be much warmer, so ski to the Skogan summit or Kananaskis Fire Lookout for the nicest temperatures. If you don’t know already, the temperature on the PLPP web cam is unreliable when the sun is shining. Before the sun was up today, the temperature reading was -19.5°C.
The weather forecasts are very divergent in their predictions for the next few days, but at all times Helen Read’s advice should be followed “If we learned anything last year, ya gotta grab the snow while it’s good.”
We’ve had one of the best ever starts to the ski season. There were a few hiccups with some wind and rain, but immediately followed by fresh snow and cold weather to freshen up the trails again.
I’ve been wondering how Seraina made out with her duct-taped skis yesterday. I hope someone can give me an update.
The photo at the top was the final entry in the Emerald Lake Lodge contest. We’ll be drawing the winner’s name within the next 7 days.
- We received 350 comments on the December Trip Reports page which shatters the record of 240 set last year. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
- This blog received an average of 4513 unique visits/day in December which was an increase of 28% over 2014.
- With one day to go, we broke the record for most unique visits in one month. The old record was Jan 2015 with 133,797. Already we’ve reached 135,364 this month and counting.
- I posted 46 updates in December, the most ever in one month.
I hope Dan Z has his spots booked already for this year’s trip to Bryant. I tried to book an evening Jan.23rd yesterday and one single person had beet me to the punch and booked every available spot for every Saturday for all of January and February of this year. Weekends are not available this season. Better look elsewhere.
Hey Willie, unfortunate Bryant is booked solid the next while. Who wants to stay in a hut full of strangers anyways! Plenty of other more remote huts out there! I was at Bryant a few weeks ago when I took that photo above. Key to getting a spot is skiing in Fri night, arriving at 1am and busting out a keg of beer for a hut full of friends. We’ve been skiing in there Fri nights for years & it’s superb under full moon. Lots of Wolverine tracks along the way & a bull Moose hanging out by cabin in the morn’ before we set out across Marvel Lake.