I’ve received 3 cm of overnight snow in Canmore and it is still snowing. The forecast is calling for light snow throughout the day. The temperature is -3°C so the snow is powdery rather than wet.
Update(this one caught me by surprise!): Some of the Mt Shark trails were groomed last night:
“There was 30 to 40cm’s of fresh snow on the trails that was groomed and track set on Saturday night, and as of 6:30 AM, no new snow had fallen on any of the fresh grooming. Watridge Lake trail was not groomed on Saturday night and has deep snow with skier set tracks, that will likely be icy until temperatures rise above freezing. The 5km’s that is normally ungroomed on the Green 15k loop was groomed and track set on Mar 18th but it will not be added to the regular grooming schedule.”
Fox Creek, Moraine, and Boulton Creek were groomed last night in PLPP. You could complete the 18K Tyrwhitt loop on recently groomed trails although you would be required to use Hydroline rather than Elk Pass. As you are probably aware, Elk Pass is closed between north Hydroline and Patterson due to avalanche danger.
Moraine Lake Road at Lake Louise was groomed and trackset yesterday.
I hope I’m wrong, but it appears we won’t get any more grooming in Banff National Park this winter despite all the new snow on the trails.
Further to our discussion on waxless skis in yesterday’s post, if you want to mitigate the quicksand effect of wet, slushy snow, go to Grinders Ski Service and ask for a Tofu-1 grind. It will put small grooves in the glide section of your skis. I’ve had this done on my fish-scale waxless and it does help somewhat.
If you want sophisticated ski preparation for wet snow, follow these instructions which I received from Darryl McCullough on Twitter:
“Fischer RCS Classic Zero: +2C soft trail. Grip; Sand base 80-100, Spray Swix Zero Anti Icy. Glide: Brush Fine Steel, Clean base Swix Glide Wax Cleaner, Wax Swix CH8, Scrape, Brush Coarse Steel, Brush Fine Steel, Brush Soft Nylon, Finish with Toko Red Structure Roller. Go!”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the Toko Red Structure Roller would put grooves in the skis similar to the Tofu1 grind in the picture.
We often complain about issues but don’t act. Well, here’s one skier who has written to Banff National Park about his concerns and has given me permission to post it(click for a larger image):
Update: Chip’s letter is eliciting feedback on my Facebook page from fat bikers who think these incidents should be hidden from the public. https://www.facebook.com/SkierBob-200046763390147/