Chip and I had a very pleasant 8K of skiing this afternoon at Confed. As Mike mentioned on his trip report, some thin spots but they’re easy enough to avoid. It might be more difficult to see them if you’re skiing in the dark tonight.
If you want to avoid the hazards on the main course, the trackset loop around the driving range was in excellent shape. I didn’t encounter any grass, twigs, or rocks. The loop, which is about 700 metres long, is also groomed for skating.
The air temperature was -7°C and I had good luck with the VR45(-2/-8) which was on my skis from yesterday. Chip had VR40(-4/-12) and slipped a bit on the hills.
There were about a dozen skiers taking advantage of these good ski conditions in the city, and more arriving as time went on. Chip was still skating when I left.
The parking lot is not open but the gate has an opening which you can walk through. Be careful in the icy parking lot.
Good news from Yoho and the Kicking Horse Ski Club that Yoho Valley Road is now trackset. It’s a very scenic trail. The Kicking Horse River in Yoho is also trackset and you can see some nice photos on Chuck’s trip report.
We have a second winner
There were still three people in the running for second prize in the Elk Pass contest. Chip picked the winner’s name from a hat, and it was Chris Steudler. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and thanks to Stoney Nakoda Resort for providing the prizes.
On the subject of golf courses, please take note of this report from Michelle Huynh:
“Skied Maple Ridge Golf Course yesterday afternoon – it is double track set for almost the entire loop. Tracks are thin with some grass poking out, but in good shape!
Apparently the City of Calgary is cutting the funding to groom Maple Ridge because of low numbers. If you ski there (or even if you don’t!), please call 311 to make it known that we would like the grooming to continue.”