While adventuring off-track in the Elk Pass area, MaSid came across this fascinating imprint in the snow. His theory is that it was made by an owl while swooping down to catch a rabbit or other unfortunate creature.
“Wing tips in the snow? Anybody know what this is? No bird foot prints. Sets of doubles too. And rabbit tracks. An owl diving for rabbits maybe. 6-8 inch impression length.”
Also, a number of skiers reported the smell of burning coal while on top of Blueberry Hill. Where’s that coming from?
More grooming was completed in PLPP last night including Tyrwhitt and Upper Pocaterra(but not trackset). Lookout was trackset. Wheeler, Fox Creek, Spruce road have also been groomed but are thin. Check the PLPP Live Grooming Report for more details.
Wheeler, William Watson Access, Spruce Road, Fox Creek and the Boulton Connecter were all snowmobile groomed but not trackset. Watch for thin spots with exposed pavement or ice and undulating terrain. Tyrwhitt, Upper Pocaterra and Upper Lake Access were all machine groomed only and need another good snowfall before track setting may occur.
The Canmore Nordic Centre has updated their trail report. It looks like you have approximately 1K of snow for recreational skiing during the day on Banff trail to 200 metres past junction 2. After the races are over for the day, all trails are open to the public. There is an 8-lane lesson grid in the stadium/daylodge area if you want to practice.