-The snow is accumulating at the Canmore Nordic Centre-
I didn’t ski today, but I was hoping for a report like this one from Jeremy regarding Moraine Lake road:
“By 1:30ish groomers had begun rollering the uphill side of the road, presumably prepping for tracking. They had also skidoo packed Tramline above and below MLR.”
I know there will be hordes of xc skiers descending upon Lake Louise this weekend, whether or not MLR is trackset. With Tramline groomed, skiers will be able to park at the Chateau and ski down to MLR if they don’t want to fight the traffic at MLR parking lot.
When the parking lot is full, and vehicles spill out onto Lake Louise drive, it’s not unusual to have to walk 500 metres in gravel-laden snow to access the trailhead.
The MLR parking lot has been plowed and I was pondering whether it would accommodate a row of vehicles nose-in on each side. Maybe the first skiers there on Saturday could set the example and see if it works. Better yet, do a test-run tomorrow(Friday) as I’m sure it will be busy. Normally, there’s a row of vehicles parked nose-in, and another row parallel parked. The parallel-parkers don’t have an easy time of it when leaving.
You can take some pressure off MLR by going to the Great Divide, but from the sounds of things, it’s “bearly” skiable. Chuck saw the tracks yesterday, and Anna actually saw the bear today.
The daily high temperatures at Lake Louise are predicted to remain below zero, so conditions should remain good.
Canmore Nordic Centre
I was astounded by how much snow had accumulated since last night. Canmore Nordic Centre officially opens on Saturday which means your season pass will allow you to ski on Frozen Thunder. I don’t know what the plans are for CNC, but I’m guessing it will be similar to the 2014 opening with an extended Frozen Thunder.
Today, the snow on Frozen Thunder was cold and classic skiers were using hard wax(mutigrade violet) with no klister base.