Monday morning update

by Bob Truman on January 7, 2019

in XC

Elk at Tunnel Mountain on Sunday Jan 6. Photo by Chuck.

Update Jan 7 @1:40 pm: Banff trail report indicates Goat Creek was worked on today. The detailed report says it was packed but I’d be surprised if it wasn’t trackset, or at least groomed with corduroy.

Tracksetting on Sunday Jan 6:

  • Cascade Valley on Sun Jan 6. Photo by Chuck.

    The Pipestone trails at Lake Louise

  • Redearth Creek in Banff National Park

Trip reports were mentioning a brief but fierce storm rolled through in mid-afternoon at Mt Shark. Expect some wind-blown snow in the tracks.

Tunnel Mountain on Jan 6: Lots of people out, including these first time skiers from Kuwait. Photo by Chuck.

I’m not sure why we aren’t seeing any tracksetting in PLPP. 

Loppet season is just around the corner. Check the Loppets page for a list of upcoming races. First on the list, Lake Louise to Banff, was sold out in the first hour of registration. It appears that Nipika Mountain Resort will have plenty of snow for the loppets on Jan 26 and 27. 

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Steve Riggs January 7, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Quoted from the monday morning update above:
“I’m not sure why we aren’t seeing any tracksetting in PLPP.”
Jo phoned the PLPP info. centre yesterday morning as we left the city wondering where to ski, because there had been no update to the live grooming report. This is what she was told:
“They only groom after new snow and there hasn’t been any”
That’s why we need Ski Here. I’m wondering if there has been an equipment issue.


2 Bob Truman January 7, 2019 at 12:59 pm

Your comment prompted me to send an email to the one person who would be able to enlighten us. I know they were short staffed in December but not sure if that’s still an issue. I’ll update if I get a reply. (If I don’t get a reply, perhaps that means he’s out on the Pisten-Bully!?).


3 Keith January 7, 2019 at 3:43 pm

This comment is unbelievable and, I believe, not acceptable to the standards Alberta Parks expects of their employees. One new interpreter I spoke to at Barrier also needs an attitude adjustment. However most of the Parks people are great in my experience.


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