The following is an update from the CNC:
Due to the Alberta Cup this weekend, Frozen Thunder will be closed
- Friday: 12 pm – 4 pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 8 am until 4:30 pm.
Warm fall temperatures have been challenging for snow making, and mother nature is not cooperating with our winter season. Trails in the Stadium area will be available with very limited terrain.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we anticipate colder temperatures soon. Please do your snow dance!
We took a drive down the Smith-Dorrien this afternoon and checked out a few ski trails.
The trail has 1-2 cm of snow but it is definitely not skiable. Lots of exposed gravel and rocks. The Smith-Dorrien road is still mostly bare for the first 15K south of Canmore. Temperature was -1°C.
As we drove south, the road finally became snow-covered near Sparrowhawk and much nicer to drive on. At the Rummel Lake trailhead I could see a well-packed snow-covered trail from the road.
The road to Mt Shark ski area is very snow-covered but still easy enough to navigate. The Mt Shark trails have a thin snow cover with occasional exposed rocks. Not deep enough for grooming. The snow has been packed down by skiers, fat bikes, and hikers. It looked skiable but you’d have to be desperate. It was snowing lightly and the temperature was -2. There is 10-15 cm of new snow predicted over the next three days.
Heading south, it was snowing heavier around Chester Lake with some accumulation on the road. Pocaterra had about the same amount of snow as Mt Shark which is surprising, but it wasn’t as packed down. It’s been walked on, but I didn’t see any skier tracks. It was trying to snow. Temperature was -2. The hut is now open.
We didn’t get down to Elk Pass, but I’m hoping some of that higher elevation snowfall was finding its way there. There is 5-10 cm of new snow predicted for this area over the next three days.