-Sandra and Keith on Fairview-
Jessica had just finished skiing to the end of Moraine Lake road and back when I met her at the MLR trailhead as I was starting out around 12:45 pm. She said they received about 8 cm of snow at her place in Field overnight, so I was hopeful we’d see some grooming activity in Yoho.
This is the Yoho/Kicking Horse Ski Club update which was posted today:
“Finally–a break in the high pressure!! Joe is setting a track at Emerald Lake as I write. Then he’s moving the equipment to TAK. Falls to work on that one. Should be a good weekend!!! Enjoy!”
TAK is short for Takkakaw and it also goes by the name of Yoho Valley road. It’s a great trail when conditions are good and it’s dog-friendly.
The trail grooming in Yoho and Emerald Lake is all done by the Kicking Horse Ski Club and they could use your support if you enjoy skiing there. A $40 club membership entitles you to preferred rates at Emerald Lake Lodge.
It snowed a bit on the way to Lake Louise between Bourgeau and Taylor. The Redearth Creek area seemed to be getting the most, but that was probably only 2-3 cm. Skies were clear upon arriving in Lake Louise and the temperature was -6°C. The snow temperature was also -6, and VR45(-2/-8) worked well all day.
MLR had been groomed and trackset earlier in the day and I heard the Great Divide was also being trackset this afternoon. It was a beautiful day and I met many skiers on the trail as you’ll see in the photos. The tracks aren’t as fast as they were a few days ago but I still hit 48 KmH while descending the big hill on very safe conditions.
There was a skiff of fresh snow on Fairview which helped cover the remaining tree debris and it was in excellent shape. I skied Fairview south to north and it was in excellent shape. I didn’t have to do the 200-metre down track which spits you out onto MLR but other skiers said it’s still a bit bumpy and very fast. When you see the “down track” sign, hold on and pray.
I met two people walking on Fairview. I stopped and asked where they were going. “We’re just doing the loop.” I asked if they saw the No Walking sign at the trailhead. “Oh, we’re not walking in the tracks!” I shrugged and skied away.
Tramline to the train station was excellent with new tracksetting.
Some grooming was completed in PLPP today. Check the Live Grooming Report for details.
I met skiers from Golden, BC who said they had received some new snow and the trails at Dawn Mountain were in good shape. Read the comment from Jeff Dolinsky for more details.