Skiing at its best!

by Bob Truman on March 2, 2017

in Kananaskis, PLPP(P Lougheed Park)

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I can hardly stand all this winning! I thoroughly enjoyed the best ski trip of the winter today. Perfect conditions everywhere. I live for days like this! Keith Bagnall has submitted today’s update as follows:

Starting up Whiskey Jack

Starting up Whiskey Jack

PLPP skiing with SkierBob and Mary Perrott: At Boulton Parking 11:00 am -4C (snow-6C) started with VR45.

Quickly climbed Whiskey Jack on very good trackset under a topping of 2 to 3 cm new snow. So good it would have been a blast going down Whiskey Jack but we knew there was better fun ahead.

Mary and Keith climbing Whiskey jack

Mary and Keith climbing Whiskey jack

At Pocaterra/Tyrwhitt junction we came on the new trackset. Skiing the up track was faster than the down track which had not been touched. Then we were in Tyrwhitt meadows and heaven with km’s of new trackset ahead – and Bob quickly disappeared energized by his favourite trail.

Tyrwhitt was fantastic!

Tyrwhitt was fantastic!

We caught up while he waited at the Tyrwhitt picnic table and were soon at Elk Pass. A short break and time for a decision – so many options with all trails from Elk Pass newly groomed. It was decided to head down Hydroline, then Bob split off to try Patterson while Mary and I carried on.

Nice to see Henry on Tyrwhitt

Nice to see Henry on Tyrwhitt

Initially Hydroline was a bit slow with a skiff of snow in the new track set. The run from Lookout junction to the bottom of Hydroline Hill was very fast but felt safe so we let it rip! Bob arrived at the junction just seconds behind making up for the extra 0.7 km with some strong poling I’m certain.

Tyrwhitt picnic table

Tyrwhitt picnic table

We split up again at the Fox Creek junction with Mary climbing the north Elk Pass hill for another super run down perfect grooming in great snow conditions(reaching 51 KmH).

Hydroline

Hydroline

Fox Creek put on its best possible face for Bob and I and we skied silky snow to the Boulton Creek south junction where we changed partners. Bob opted for Boulton Creek and recent trackset, while Mary and I skied the recent trackset of Moraine on more silky snow. Approaching Boulton Parking the VR45 wax was starting to slip but we carried on to the car.

Patterson was in the best condition ever

Patterson was in the best condition ever

Ray gently skiing alone today (an upper body injury) offered to take us to Elkwood so we could ski Lodgepole trail to Pocaterra Hut.  Earlier we were wishing the day wouldn’t end, so we jumped at his offer.

Best conditions of the winter on Fox Creek

Best conditions of the winter on Fox Creek

New wax was required first so we added VR50 which worked well. The most exciting part of Lodgepole was meeting the son-of-the-mad-Pocaterra grouse. After a few moments of aggressive entertainment (mostly by him) we easily skied down to “Suicide Hill” which didn’t really live up to it’s name today.

Suicide hill was easy, fast and safe

Suicide hill was easy, fast and safe

Everyone agreed it was the best day this season in PLPP. All trails skied were excellent to very good under an overcast sky with high temperatures of 0°C to +1. Snow is forecast to come and will  change everything – but snow is always good for skiing!  

Thanks for the update, Keith. In the morning, I’m going to elaborate on the grouse and post some photos.

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1 Lynda G March 3, 2017 at 8:33 pm

Love reading the trip reports from the comfort of my couch. I also have had a shortened season (broken arm) and yearn to get the skis on again. I guess I will have to wait until next year to find Masid’s couch.
Thanks Bob for your excellent website!

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2 MaSid March 4, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Might be more couch options down the road if you can’t find the original MaSid location. The idea seems to have gained some traction. Good luck with the arm healing.

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3 MaSid March 2, 2017 at 11:11 pm

Looks like some new couches out there! Good to see, good building skills, despite the location criteria. Regardless, glad to see the good conditions and people having fun while I recouperate and live vicariously. The more couches the merrier. There’s never enough benches and picnic tables in all the good spots. Can’t wait to get out there again and do more, but it will have to wait until next season.

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