I need to ski the north end trails in PLPP more often because I enjoy seeing all the kids and parents. After avoiding PLPP yesterday, all ages were out in full force today.
Before I continue, take note of this message from Tom Lambert of Foothills Nordic Ski Club, sponsors of the Cookie Race which took place in PLPP yesterday:
“We have quite a collection of lost and found, so if you are missing something, write to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll return it to you.”
The cutest thing today was when I came across Alan and his dad Raphael with a Canadian flag. Little Alan, with help from dad, would climb a small hill and glide back down, thrilled with the high speeds he was reaching. Raphael said his son was practicing for the Olympics.
When Georgina and I started out from the PLPP Discovery Centre at 1:15 pm, the snow and air temperature were both -7°C and it was snowing. There was already 2 cm on the trails but surprisingly the tracks were not slow. Many skiers were continually skiing over the fresh snow and polishing the tracks for us. VR40 worked very well with excellent grip and no icing in the fresh snow.
The only trail which hadn’t seen much traffic was Lodgepole and the snow was soft and slow. While climbing suicide hill, three skiers were descending with smiles on their faces rather than the usual look of fear. The fresh snow made the downhill safe and easy.
The loop of 11.6K consisted of Meadow, Woolley, Lynx, Pocaterra, and Lodgepole. To illustrate how great the conditions have been lately, this was only my second ski in PLPP this month. It tells you the conditions have been great everywhere else, too.
By 2:30 pm the snow had let up and the mountains were coming back into view.