-Pipestone trails. Photo by Chuck.-
A number of things to touch on today:
- Canmore Nordic Centre
- Bear on Elk Pass – Blueberry Hill
- First Pipestone report
- Grooming progress at Lake Louise
Canmore Nordic Centre
I skied at the Canmore Nordic Centre today on my Fischer Twinskins and had an enjoyable ski on very firm snow. The tracks were a bit icy but I think some sticky wax may have given grip. The waxless Twinskins worked well on these conditions.
CNC has about 2.5K of excellent trackset and groomed trails available, basically Frozen Thunder with a few additions. There is a track set from the daylodge down to Frozen Thunder except for about 50 metres where there’s a lot of ice. The natural snow trails we were enjoying there a week ago have become ice. The CNC’s trail report states:
“Trails Are Not Recommended for Skiing on Natural Snow Based Trails. Spring like Conditions, Unmarked Natural Hazards Bare sections, Ice patches.”
Bears are still out
Be sure to read Mary Perrott’s trip report. She saw grizzly tracks on Elk Pass and Blueberry Hill. A reminder, the first 2K of Elk Pass is not trackset. The tracksetting doesn’t start until the Hydroline junction. Don C also mentioned seeing the bear tracks on Tyrwhitt and Lookout. He also left us with the good news that “It was snowing hard when we left at 3 pm so hopefully there will be sufficient snow soon to trackset again.”
Check the trip reports for Chuck’s photos of the Pipestone trails which have been snowmobile packed.
Keith’s trip report is the first this year of any skiing on the Bow River trail.
The upper trails at Lake Louise are groomed by the Heritage Guides at Chateau Lake Louise. I’ve received the first report:
Here is an update of the trails around the Chateau. Last weeks rain has slowed our progress considerably but we are still working on everything and hope to have most trails set for the weekend
Nordic Ski Trails:
Fairview Loop (#2): Sled packed from Chateau to the top of the BIG hill. Shoveling and trail work will continue this week.
Upper Tramline (#3): Double Trackset, Good condition.
Shoreline (#4): Shoveling and seld packing will be finished by the end of the week.
Lake Trail (#4): Last weeks rain and warm temperatures really set us back. There is currently to much slush on top of ice for a safe trail along the lake. We will need some prolonged cold for this to freeze. Travel not recommended.
Upper Telemark and Peyto Trails (#5): Sled packed and leveled. We were scared to put a track in with the warm temperatures as when this trail freezes solid (as it is right now) it is quick!
Teaching Grid: Leveled