Snowfall warning, right on cue

by Bob Truman on March 1, 2018

in XC

Welcome to March and the winter of our dreams. We’ve had very little rain or warm weather during this wonderful ski season, but anytime we get a warm day, or a windy day where debris gets blown onto the trails, it’s immediately followed by a significant snowfall and colder weather. 

Environment Canada says 10 – 20 cm is expected to materialize over the next three days in Calgary, Kananaskis, and Canmore with lesser amounts expected in Banff and Lake Louise. The Snow Forecast predicts 23 cm at Ribbon Creek and 27 cm in PLPP. 

The Green trail at Mt Shark before tracksetting

The Mt Shark trails were groomed last night including a a portion of the Green trail which I’ve never skied before. Take note of the remarks on the trail report…

“For this week only the 5km’s that is normally ungroomed on the Green 15k loop was groomed, but not track set. There is a fair amount of exposed brush on this section, and there are a few places where dirt and/or rocks were brought up; there also may be a few uneven surfaces and likely some soft spots, especially on the very edges of the trail.”

The Bill Milne trail, Wedge Connector and Evan Thomas were groomed yesterday and reported to be in excellent shape. 

Plan on skiing at West Bragg Creek this weekend? Read the following notice:

“This weekend is the annual Alberta Youth Championships in West Bragg Creek.  Races are on Sat and Sun (Mar 3 and 4) using the meadow and West Crystal trails.  There are 150 young athletes from western Canada competing over the 2 day annual event. Trails are still open to users, just some marshalling to allow the racers through.”

Update Mar 1 @ 7 pm: I heard on Global News tonight that Calgary received 43 cm of snow in February. They also said the average for Feb is 14 cm. 

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