-The hugging tree on Elk Pass-
Elk Pass was in great shape today, and I made a point of getting a photo of Georgina’s hugging tree. I thought it was appropriate to use the above photo since Georgina pointed out that we have already seen some concrete results from Saturday’s love fest on here.
I have even more love to spread around: Thank you for all the supportive comments on the previous update: Consequences: the rest of the story
For those who didn’t like it, all I can say is that if I tried to please everybody all of the time, this blog would be a blank slate. People nowadays have become paralyzed because they’re scared of offending someone. I especially enjoyed the comment from Jake, and the reply from Manfred Kintop. Jake really has his shorts in a knot.
For those of you who may not be wise to the ways of the world, I never asked for, nor expected an apology from Calgary Cycle, or anybody for that matter. I didn’t know that Calgary Cycle even existed. I had no issue with them. My concern was bringing this problem to people’s attention because it was a safety issue and nipping it in the bud before someone got hurt. The reason they apologized is because their trip leader got caught redhanded and they were getting really bad press, as many readers on here and on various Facebook sites were advocating a boycott. I have my doubts whether Calgary Cycle was really at fault here. They got caught up in a firestorm of controversy because of someone associated with them.
I feel sorry for Derek Lee of Calgary Cycle having to apologize for the actions of a trip leader who made an extremely bad choice. Derek had the insight to know he had to do something quickly and apologies were forthcoming. Stem the bad publicity ASAP. Rather than trying to make excuses for Corey’s bad decision, they took it on the chin and got out in front of it. Good choice, and people, including me, respected him for it. I don’t know Derek Lee but I can see he is obviously an astute businessman.
Just don’t be naïve about the whole process. Nothing would have ever happened if I hadn’t been there to take pictures and publicize it. Corey, the trip leader, didn’t show any concern until I said it was going on the internet.
Saved by the new snow
I made a scouting trip out to PLPP this afternoon, not expecting to find anything skiable. I thought all I’d find are bobsled runs on Elk Pass after yesterday’s rains and today’s freezing temperatures. The Elk Pass trailhead had 2 cm of new snow and it got deeper the further up I went. Starting up Blueberry Hill, there was at least 5 cm.
The big hill was in good shape on both sides. Returning, I was able to easily control my speed on the fast downhill.
I didn’t get on the trail until 3:15 pm, so I was only able to go about .5K up Blueberry Hill, however, Jarret and Daiana went to the top and said there was lots and lots of new snow higher up. The trip report from Ron and Larissa says 10 cm higher up. It’s a good thing I don’t take for granted the spelling of people’s names or I never would have got the correct spelling of Daiana’s.
The air temperature at the trailhead was -3 and it looked like it was trying to snow. The snow temperature at the Elk Pass – Blueberry Hill junction was -5. I used VR45(-2/-8) with great success, not having to herringbone once, not even going up the big hill.
Carson went to the Elk Lakes cabin today and said the ski down from the pass was pretty sketchy, mostly just a hard crust with a bit of new snow on top.
Pocaterra and Elkwood did not receive much snow, so those trails are very icy.
Parking lots are icy, so be careful.