Lots of grooming occurred yesterday/last night on the south trails in PLPP including the single-track trails. The trail report indicates a couple cm of new snow fell on the north end trails which might make them skiable but with some icy sections underneath.
“With temperatures hovering around and above freezing over the last couple days, depending on the location, there is quite a mixed bag of conditions throughout the park. Expect a possible icy base at the north end and at lower elevations, with fresher snow prevailing at higher elevations. A snowfall overnight on the 18th and morning of the 19th of between 2 cm’s at the north end and 6cm’s further south will help, but expect ice in some locations underneath the fresh snow.”
Lake Louise trails, from the reports, look to be in good shape as do the Yoho and Emerald Lake trails.
Redearth Creek may have escaped the worst of the meltdown, and with the fresh snow, may be okay.
The man-made snow at the Canmore Nordic Centre will still be in great shape for skating, but you may need waxless skis or klister for classic. With the colder temperatures on the weekend your waxable skis should be good to go.
Chuck’s report is a reminder the Lake Louise to Banff loppet trails have all been groomed from the campground in LL and as far as Sawback. The trail east of Castle junction may have suffered from the warm weather but it sounds like some fresh snow has fallen since the thaw. This update was posted yesterday:
“With the exception of Castle Lookout to Castle Junction, the track is set and will be reset before Sunday. We are waiting for cooler weather to deal with a pesky 20m wide ice flow from ground water seepage 1 km west of Junction. It will likely have a skier set path above it. Trail crews are out pruning the willows, but some of them seem to grow back overnight.”
I’ve been fighting the flu for the past two days and will probably not get out today for the third day in a row.