Great Divide has new tracksetting

Mary & Ray Perrott on the Great Divide at Lake Louise. Photo by Chuck

Who wouldn’t be smiling with these conditions on Nov 15? It sounds like the Great Divide at Lake Louise was the “go to” place today. You can read a  number of first-hand accounts of the conditions on the Trip Reports.

Chuck says Rode Multigrade (0 -2) worked well for him on the new tracksetting on the Great Divide. Photo by Chuck.

Today’s photos were taken by Chuck, but the report is from Mary Perrott who is pictured above. 

“Great Divide Trail – Very good condition for early season!  We started at the Lake O’Hara end in cloudy, calm conditions and -7C.  There was fresh tracksetting over 3-4 cms. snow that fell yesterday.  Lots of twigs poking through at the west end of the trail but better coverage east of the Divide.  Returning from the Louise-side parking lot, the outbound track (north side)was quite ‘twiggy’ and soft, having less snow than the south-side track. Lots of folks out (nice to chat with Chuck and Jeanette).  It was -3C back at the O’Hara end at 1:30 pm.  Snow was getting a bit sticky by then and snow had started to fall.”

Wolverine on the Great Divide. Photo by Jenia Tishkina-Norman

The Banff-Lake Louise trail report indicates that Upper Tramline is trackset. Lower Tramline is snowmobile packed. 

A wolverine was spotted on the Great Divide a few days ago. Talk about an amazing and rare sighting! Thank you to Pete for tracking down the photo. Pete’s daughter was skiing with Jenia Tishkina-Norman  who took the photo.

The Lake Louise to Banff Loppet has been cancelled for this winter. You can get the details at

I’ve spent some time updating the Maps page which you can find on the main menu. Thanks to Henry for sending me the new links for the Banff and Lake Louise maps. 

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