-Paige and Mike from New Hampshire were enjoying stellar conditions on Fairview-
If ever there was a case to be made for playing hookie from work, this is it. I would highly recommend it tomorrow for any cross-country skier who wants to enjoy some fantastic skiing, as it might be your last chance.
The Trip Reports from PLPP sound wonderful, but I’m pretty sure that Fairview and Moraine Lake road would give it a run for its money. As everyone has been saying, this cold snow is awesome.
I skied the late shift, well after Keith, Paul and Nancy had left(and thanks for the reports). At 3:45 pm, the snow temperature at Fairview trailhead(by the Chateau parking lot) was -4°C, and the air temp was -1. I waxed with Vr45(-2/-8) and had excellent grip and glide.
The skiing on Fairview is simply incredible right now. I almost wanted to turn around and do it all over again when I reached Moraine Lake road. I’m glad I continued on, however, because MLR is even more incredible if that’s possible. It was trackset at some point today, and the tracks were already firm and fast. It was one of those days where the skiing seemed effortless, even while climbing the big hill.
I went to the end of the tracksetting on MLR and then 200 metres further to the viewpoint. There is not one patch of ice anywhere on MLR. The descent was amazingly fast, but at no time was I scared or out of control.
I made it down in record time, 31 minutes, and that included stopping on the fastest part of the hill to help a skier who had fallen and was having trouble getting back up. New skiers sometimes don’t realize that you can get up a lot easier if you turn your skis perpendicular to the down slope.
Tomorrow(Friday) will still be cold, but I see warmer weather is in store for the weekend. Lake O’Hara fire road should be in great shape if it was trackset today (it’s usually trackset on Thursday). Environment Canada is predicting a low in Yoho tonight of -18.