No sooner were Hugh and Pete commenting about avalanche danger on Lake O’Hara fire road, and I received a photo and a report re Redearth Creek. It’s very unusual to experience an avalanche on a groomed xc ski trail, but Redearth Creek is one trail where they do occur, albeit infrequently. It’s the first one I’ve heard about in my many years of skiing there. I received the photo and this email from Caitlin Goodfellow:
Tried skiing up to Shadow Lake Lodge this morning on Red Earth creek trail. Left the parking lot at 9:45. First 30mins were great. Not track set but still fantastic. By 10:30, hit first avalanche run off. Ended right on the trail and skiable thru it. By 10:45, about 5km in, hit another massive avalanche shoot. See picture. This one was recent as of maybe an hour old. We were freaked out. No way around it. It took out the road and we could not see how wide it was, certainly massive. The picture does not do it justice. Advised Parks Canada and Shadow Lake Lodge. Thought would let you know. Definitely not advisable to ski it. We were headed in for 1pm tea/snacks but after calling them, they were closed anyway!!!
Avalanche danger is extremely high.
The weather forecast wouldn’t look too bad if it wasn’t for the rain on Saturday.
I’d like to wish a happy St. Patrick’s day to our own skiing leprechaun, Chuck O’Callahan. The trips he undertakes seem daunting, and the destinations are unreachable for most of us, but we sure enjoy reading about them. Leprechauns obviously possess special powers and abilities which we mere mortals can’t hope to ever have.
Ribbon Creek and the Kananaskis Village trails were groomed today. Be sure to read the remarks on the Live Grooming Report.
The Pipestone trails were groomed today. It’s usually a little cooler in Lake Louise so that might be a good choice for waxable skis.