For single guys looking for an available lady who likes to ski, the place to be today was Goat Creek/Spray River. Sarah, Lindsay, Kate, Nicole and Tanys were wondering where all the guys were. (At the Cookie Race?)
Ladies, if you tell me where you’re skiing next, I’m sure the trail will be crowded with handsome single guys. 🙂 😉
The conditions on Goat Creek and Spray river were not much different from yesterday, except the downhills on the first 7K of Goat Creek are scraped bare and have become a little bumpy due to the fact it’s ice underneath. Before it was ice, it was walked in and the bootprints have frozen, and you can really feel it. Be careful. A couple cm of new snow would fix it, and wouldn’t you know it, that’s what’s in the forecast for tonight with more tomorrow.
To add some variety, I skied Spray River East, rather than West, for the final stretch into Banff. These might be the best conditions I’ve ever had on this trail. The only sketchy part was the final 200 metres down to the golf course which is hardpack, but I didn’t see any rocks. The multi-users are doing a good job of staying in their dedicated lane and avoiding the ski tracks.
The air temperature at Goat Creek trailhead at 11:30 a.m. was -7 and the snow was -8. I started out on VR40(-4/-12) from yesterday, but added a smidgen of VR45(-2/-8) at the Spray River bridge at 9K, and I had excellent grip for the upcoming hills.
The conditions between the Goat Creek bridge at 7k and the Spray Loop junction at 13.3K are fantastic. If conditions remain good, I might be skiing here every day for the remainder of the winter.
Congratulations to Ian Murray for winning the Cookie Race today. He beat Eric Carleton by three-one-hundredths of a second. That would have been fun to see. See all the Kananaskis Ski Marathon results.