I can’t remember when we’ve had so many good choices for skiing on the first day of the year. The chinook which has been imminent for the past two days still hasn’t done any damage. In fact, all the trip reports are mentioning how cold it is.
With a predicted high of -3 for today, it should be terrific skiing on the new tracksetting on the Kananaskis village – Ribbon creek – Skogan pass – Bill Milne – Wedge pond trails. I like Barry G’s description of the steep Ribbon creek downhill – “Ribbon Shriek.” Sounds like a keeper.
West Bragg Creek may have the best snow and tracksetting ever for new year’s day.
In Banff, Redearth creek was trackset yesterday. The other Banff trails such as Cascade valley and Goat creek should still be in nice shape.
Mt Shark was trackset two days ago, and with the cold weather preserving the snow, I expect all the trails in PLPP will be in great shape. The PLPP webcam is registering -19 this morning, and the Weather Network is predicting a high of -7.
If you’re going further, the trails at Lake Louise and Pipestone should be fantastic. Baker creek to Castle lookout was recently trackset. It’s cold in Lake Louise at -26, with a forecast high of -10.
The Canmore Nordic Centre weather station is registering -15 this morning and that agrees with my thermometer. Environment Canada says a high of +2 in Canmore, while Weather Network predicts -5. Today is the first day of Hugh Burton’s Canmore Nordic Centre Ski Challenge. I’ve never seen so much bright green on the CNC Live Grooming Report.
Here’s the latest installment in the “Goat Creek Video Series.” At 7k, just before you reach the Goat creek bridge, there’s a steep winding downhill, then a quick turn is necessary at the bottom to get onto the bridge. See it all here…