-Nice conditions on Upper Pocaterra-
8 – 10 cm of new snow had accumulated on Tyrwhitt and it was still coming down. Later, when I skied down Pocaterra, the sky was blue and there was only a skiff of snow on last night’s tracksetting.
Air temperature was +1°C at an almost-full Boulton Creek parking lot around 12:30 pm. Snow temperature was -1. Looked like another challenging wax day.
I started up the new tracksetting on Whiskey Jack on VR48( a mixture of Vr45 and VR50). It looked as if it had snowed a little as there was a bit of skied-in snow in the tracks. I was slipping but persevered. When I reached the top of the steep part, it started snowing and the new snow snow gave me plenty of grip.
The falling snow got heavier as I skied south on Tyrwhitt. My intention was to go as far as the picnic table, turn around and return to Pocaterra and go down Packers.
At the high point on Tyrwhitt, I had to re-wax because the new snow was creating icing problems. I re-waxed with Vr40(-4/-12) and it did the job. It was slow going in the deep fresh snow, and the usual spectacular views were hidden from sight, so I only went a short distance through the Tyrwhitt meadows and turned around.
I ran into Herb and his group with high heels on their skis. I lent them my scraper so I hope they managed to complete the loop without too much sticking.
As I returned to the Whiskey Jack – Pocaterra junction, the sky was turning blue and the snow had stopped. The tracks had fresh snow in them, so the descent to Packers junction wasn’t quite as fast as I would have liked.
I had not skied on Packers yet this season, so now was the time with the fresh grooming. The tracks were faster than Pocaterra but still not as fast as I thought they should be. The steep hill was easy and safe with some loose snow. The ice flow barely registered. It is mostly covered with snow but you can tell it’s underneath.
Pocaterra parking lot looked almost full when I drove past. I still haven’t skied the 4K section of trail between the hut and Lynx this winter but it’s on my agenda.
The forecast is predicting a heavy snowfall midweek. It looks more like an upslope system, so West Bragg Creek, Ribbon Creek, and Canmore should receive significant amounts of snow. It’s coming at the perfect time to create good conditions for the Cookie Race on Saturday with new snow and blue-wax temperatures.