Grooming Update(first tracksetting this season):
Baker Creek Mountain Resort reports: “Baker to Castle Lookout has been track-set. A few rocks sticking out; there’s not a lot of snow in some sections.”
I have 5 cm of new snow on my deck in Canmore this morning. The forecasts are calling for an additional 5 cm today. Temperature is -21°C. It should put the finishing touches on many of the trails which have required this such as the Ribbon Creek trails, Goat Creek, West Bragg, and Pocaterra.
By the weekend, temperatures in the mountains will have moderated and will be in the negative single digits, much more comfortable for skiing. Unfortunately Calgary’s snow is going to melt with highs of +9.
Do not put any trust in the Weather Network’s current temperatures. I don’t know what the problem is, but they are indicating temperatures which are much warmer than in reality. For example, they were off by 10 degrees for Canmore yesterday, and this morning are saying it’s -14 in Canmore. Both my thermometer and the Nordic Centre’s(#5)are at -21. Ventusky is -23. Weather Underground is -21.
Thank you to everyone who contributed a trip report yesterday. We had 15 reports, maybe the most ever. Fantastic!
PLPP Webcam update from Duane Fizor, Regional Information Co-ordinator at Kananaskis:
“It appears unlikely that the PLPP Webcam will be installed this winter season.
I met with a contractor this week and made the decision that conditions are unsafe for the work that is required. Please know that ensuring the proper (and improved) function of the webcam and temperature sensor remain a priority for me and I will do everything I can to ensure this system is up and running later in 2017.”
I’ve removed the link from the Webcams page.