Saturday 8:00 a.m:
Check the Trip Reports for the latest news from skiers who were out on the (wet) snow yesterday.
I was pleasantly surprised to read on the Banff trail report that Goat creek and Spray river were trackset yesterday. The day before, Healy creek and Sundance canyon were done.
Diana reported yesterday that Brewster creek in Banff National Park was being trackset while she was there.
Despite the warm temperatures, most trails at the Canmore Nordic Centre were groomed and trackset last night.
In PLPP, Whiskey jack, Packers, and Upper Pocaterra were trackset.
Waxing is probably going to be a challenge in the warm weather. Take your waxless skis if you have them.
If you’re looking for colder snow, Lake Louise is most likely the best place to find it. We had a couple reports which indicated that Lake Louise received some fresh snow yesterday afternoon, and Chateau tracksetter Jeff Douglas trackset Fairview and Upper Tramline. The Banff trail report says that Moraine Lake road and the Great Divide will be trackset today.
Pipestone trails were done on Jan 21, and should still be in nice shape albeit with some fresh snow in the tracks.
It’s been three years since I started skiing at 8:00 in the morning, but tomorrow(Sunday) is the day. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on the lake, even if I’m only half-awake, for the start of the iconic Lake Louise to Banff Loppet. After two years of a shorter 50K version, we’ll be back to 72K this year now that the Healy creek bridge is back in.
There is snow in the forecast for tonight, and hopefully it will cool off.
Best wishes for a great race Bob. If it wasn’t so far from Calgary I would come to cheer you on.