West Bragg Creek and other news

West Bragg Creek is packed but not ready for skiing

Thanks to Alf Skrastins for the photos and report:

West Bragg Creek

“A few centimetres of snow has fallen at WBC and the volunteer groomers have roller-packed several of the trails. But before you rush out there… I really did mean just a few cm of snow! I did a quick tour of West Crystal, a bit Middle Crystal, Moose Connector and Mountain Road. The objective was really just to find and remove rocks from the trail, so I was on rock skis.
The purpose of the roller-packing is to keep the meagre snowfall in place and allow the frost to penetrate into the ground. In shady areas, there were still remnants of the snow or ice from the early October snowfall, but in sunny areas there is only dirt and rock under the snow.”

The weather forecasts aren’t predicting any significant snow within the next few days. I’m hoping we’ll get a report tomorrow of additional grooming at Lake Louise.

Chuck skied all the way to Lake O’Hara today. Read more on the Trip Reports. The trail is not groomed but is skiable. 

Loppet on!

The Lake Louise to Banff Loppet Environmental Assessment has been approved by Parks Canada. The race is on!

There’s only one week left to enter the Elk Pass contest

A bear was napping here….

A bear slept here. High Level trail in Kananaskis. Photo by Jill Johnston.

Keith sent this photo and report of the napping bear

“Some folks from our Seniors club were hiking to Hummingbird Plume Lookout Tuesday when they came on this site where a bear lay on the High Level Trail for a nap.

Photo and description of site are courtesy of Jill Johnston.”

Jill says: 

“We took the longer loop up to the lookout and came across this shortly after the trail crosses the power line.  It came up the power line, then onto the trail and carried on its way up the hill into the woods after it finished napping.  The imprint was smack dab in the middle of the trail.”

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