It’s been 15 years since I skied the Telephone loop at West Bragg Creek and I only had a few vague memories of what to expect. What I know for sure is that today’s snow and trail conditions were much better than what I had on Feb 28, 2003.
After reading all the trip reports of the good conditions on Telephone, it was time to go back and check it out one more time. At the end of the loop, instead of going straight back to the trailhead, I also added Moose loop to the day’s activities.
The temperature was -10°C and VR40(-4/-12) performed well all day. The snow is not abrasive so I still had good grip at the end of the trip.
Good snow conditions can make a difficult trail very forgiving and that’s how it was today. That being said, this is not a trail for novice skiers.
The trail gains about 90 metres of net elevation on the first 3.5K, then loses it all over the next kilometre with many roller-coaster hills and sharp turns.
The trail is very pretty at the extreme north end for a couple kilometres where it is not shrouded in thick forest. As it turns south, the climbing starts all over again to a net elevation gain of 150 metres. Overall, my GPS had a total ascent of 400 metres, so there’s lots of up and down.
The final 2.4K is a very pleasant downhill which meanders through forest and some clearings. The only scary thing is the barbed wire fence which rears its ugly head at the end of a downhill. As we read on Kinga’s trip report a few days ago, it’s in a dangerous place.
Moose loop was in terrific shape and very enjoyable.