I met lots of happy skiers today, took lots of photos, and tried to remember many names and I’m not sure if I got them all correct, so if you see your picture here with the wrong name send me an email and I’ll correct it. (You can click on any photo to see a larger image.)
What incredible conditions today in PLPP on the new tracksetting. We had a brief scare this week with warm weather, wind and tree debris but all is forgiven.
Again this morning I was debating where to ski. The Pipestone trails have been on my agenda and I see from the Trip Reports that I could have had an enjoyable ski there, too, but it’s hard to resist freshly groomed trails in PLPP and when I saw the Live Grooming Report the matter was settled.
Driving out to Kananaskis could discourage a skier. The ground is mostly bare from Canmore to Barrier lake(probably more so from Calgary) and the wind was blowing. There was a light breeze in the Boulton creek parking lot, but once on the trail, you’re in a different world. It’s cold but not bone-chilling, you’re sheltered from wind by the snow-laden forest, and the snow-capped mountains glisten in the sun.
The air temperature was -1°C at 2:20 pm and the snow was -4. I waxed with VR45(-2/-8) and had good grip. The tracks were well-polished and quick; my average speed today was lightning-fast at 10.4 KmH(for me, anyway).
From Boulton parking to the top of Whiskey jack it’s 3.8K of up, up, up. As you climb, you hear screams of both delight and terror wafting through the winter air as skiers descend the steep snake of a trail which drops 200 metres. The runout zone has been well-used by skiers with too much speed at the 90° corner.
The fast run down Pocaterra to the Lynx junction was like flying without wings. A few pine needles along this stretch were the only blemish on an otherwise perfect day of skiing.
At the Lynx junction I skied a short distance on the ungroomed portion of Pocaterra to see just how much snow accumulated. Remember, I was here yesterday on my waxless skis going painfully slow through the fresh, moist snow. There was about 6-8 cm of new snow on the trail today.
Lynx was the only trail I skied today which didn’t have overnight tracksetting. Like Pocaterra, it sported 6-8 cm of new snow but the tracks were still reasonably good. Rather than take the shortcut on south Amos back to Boulton, I decided to extend the merriment and revelry by taking the roundabout on north Amos and Wheeler.
I don’t know if there will be any more tracksetting before tomorrow, but you can’t go wrong even if you are on the trails with the fresh snow.