With 10 cm of new snow in Lake Louise this morning, the entire distance of Tramline is now trackset. It was a silky smooth run from the Chateau parking lot to the train station late this afternoon.
The only place where the trail is compromised is the final 200 metres where there are always a few rocks at this time of year.
On my way down Tramline, I made a fairly significant detour on Moraine Lake road which was also trackset today. The snow started falling again as I reached the top of the big hill. On my way back down, I was lucky to be following a large contingent of skiers from Cross Country Saskatchewan who polished the tracks for me.
There’s no longer any pavement showing at the Paradise Creek turn. My poles hit pavement a few times but it was insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
The air temperature at the Chateau parking lot at 3 pm was -1°C and the snow was -2. I had good success with VR50(0/-4) all the way up the hill but soon after the fresh snow was sticking bad enough that it motivated me to scrape and rewax with VR40 which gripped well without any grabbing.
The MLR parking lot was full in mid-afternoon and a couple vehicles were parked on the road. It didn’t cause me any concern because I started at the Tramline trailhead.
Snowmobiles were spotted at the Great Divide trailhead as I was heading up the road.