Thanks to Chuck for this report:
With news that the Pipestone Loops were trackset yesterday, and word that the Bow Valley Wolf Pack is in the area, this was today’s choice. Sure enough, the wolves had just crossed the trail in front of us near the trailhead, heading east.
At the top of the #20 Loop, we checked out the river to see if travel conditions had improved.
We found another camera pointing right at the intersection of Drummond and Merlin trails, so don’t be caught peeing there!
It was nice to inspect one of the old Trapper’s Cabins.
Mud Lake has amazing mountain views, and great sunny spots to soak it up.
And of course, the ski conditions were great. Perfect temperatures for wax, and hardly anybody out after the Family day Weekend!
Wednesday at 9:30 pm is your deadline for entering the Kananaskis Ski Marathon, more affectionately referred to as the Cookie Race.
You can see who is already registered.
With some new snow and cool temperatures, the conditions should be excellent.
Take note of the parking instructions:
Parking space is very limited – please carpool! Obey traffic wardens and traffic control signs. Vehicles parked in illegal areas are subject to ticket and towing. Pocaterra parking lot will be reserved for vehicles with 2 or more occupants.
The Snow Forecast is predicting 22 cm in PLPP by Friday. The Weather Network is predicting 5-10 cm tomorrow(Wednesday).
It appears that Ribbon Creek, West Bragg Creek, and Canmore will also be the recipients of a significant amount of snow. Lesser amounts are predicted for Banff and Lake Louise.
Does anyone has any information on bib pickup times and location? I can’t find any info on it. I am wondering how this will work with the parking a car at Visitors Center. Park the car then take a bus to pickup bib then go back to pickup skis and finally take the bus for the race itself?
The Race Notice indicates bib pickup is 8:00 – 9:30 at Pocaterra. -Bob
If you arrive early and carpool, you can park at Pocaterra. Otherwise you will need to plan for an extra 20 mins to shuttle from the Visitor Centre. In that case, bring your skis and a bag of gear (wax, toque) with you on the bus, pick up your bib at Pocaterra, and then head to the start line. You can pick up your bib anytime after 8am.
Thanks Bob for mentioning the Cookie Race! Racers should arrive a little earlier this year because some will have to park at the Visitor Centre and take the free shuttle bus 2km to Pocaterra Hut. (Parking will be a little tighter this year as we’re no longer allowed to park on the highway.) Conditions will be fab.
One huge thank you to Chuck for the wonderful pictures and the wolf tracks; that is awesome news.