Thanks to Gord for the photos and report:
Burstall Pass Oct 4-18.
I usually make Burstall Pass my first ski of the season but usually I encounter numerous rocks and some hiking. Not this year; conditions were stellar, probably the best ever for early season skiing. 45 cm at the trailhead, (Burstall Pass parking lot was not plowed so we parked at Chester), and 58 cm in the meadow below Burstall Pass. No need to remove skis when going through the trees or up the headwall. There’s no identifiable base layer but the snow was so deep and dense that we never touched a rock. We skied some of the low angled slopes off the top and I was thinking if I could ski this quality of powder all season I’d be a happy man. Temperatures rose to +4º or so in the afternoon and some of the trail between Burstall Lakes and the trailhead was getting glazed.
The trail report for Peter Lougheed Provincial Park(PLPP) was updated today…
“Between 30-50cm of snow fell during the storm at the beginning of the month and heavy snowfall has made for very snowy trail conditions. Expect trails to be icy in the morning and slushy as the day warms up. Early season avalanche conditions exist, take care while traveling in the backcountry.”
The report for Kananaskis Valley, which includes the village and Ribbon Creek, says pretty much the same.