It will be very crowded on Saturday around Pocaterra Hut. This update is from Tom Lambert of the Foothills Nordic Ski Club:
“For those making weekend plans, please note that the entire PLPP trail system remains open on Saturday during the race. But Pocaterra Hut will be a hive of activity, so you’ll find the other trailheads more peaceful. Also, the single-track of Moraine and Fox Creek will be a little hazardous between 11am and 1pm as the racers descend that stretch at full tilt.
Registration has closed, but volunteer opportunities remain at www.volunteersignup.org/KBELR for anyone looking for excitement and home-baked cookies.”
The grooming schedule has been changed as well. I imagine that’s why Mt Shark was groomed on Tuesday night. The PLPP trail report makes these remarks:
“The usual grooming schedule will be changed for the week to accommodate the annual “Cookie Race held on Saturday Feb. 24th. Expect a change from the usual track-setting patterns and use caution when skiing trails used in the race.”
It’s not like we have a shortage of places to ski right now so if you want to avoid the crowds, consider skiing on other trails. For a shorter drive, conditions are excellent at Kananaskis Village, Ribbon Creek, and Bill Milne.